Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I am winding down on the most difficult aspect of my job as County Judge each year and that is the annual budget. It is large and complicated, and that is a big part of the difficulty. But the hardest part is making difficult decisions related to that function. As I have told you, I have spent 6 months working […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



Earlier last week, Poteet city department heads and I met with U. S. Congressman Henry Cuellar’s office staff members including his Chief of Staff. We discussed the possibility of applying for some different grants for future city projects and made inquiries into several different grants, one of which is a multi-million dollar project for replacing several main water lines in […]

ACSO: It’s the Law



Recently we have been getting an influx of calls where citizens are being targeted for scams. We are seeing some of the same ole scam attempts but some new ones are starting to surface. Many residents have reported receiving calls from individuals claiming to be with the IRS, Comptroller’s Office, Social Security Administration or other government offices. These callers sometimes […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings Hope everyone had a happy and safe Labor Day weekend, but it’s back to work. Had a good shower here in Pleasanton to start off September. Hadn’t seen any rain here since July and that .6 was very much welcomed. The city continues to move in a positive direction and I’ve said before about city government, the wheels turn […]

Congrats Cowboy Homecoming Court

The Way I See It

Congratulations to the newest members of the Cowboy Homecoming Court! Elections were held last week and the following young ladies made it to the court and one of them will be crowned queen on Thursday, September 12 at The Office restaurant. Those elected to represent our town are Claudia Acuff, Cali Evans, Jussiah Lopez, Brianna Ortiz and Chloe Rodriguez. Forty-three […]

Report details progress in school safety

State Capital Highlights

The Texas School Safety Update, a report highlighting progress made to keep students and teachers safe at school, was released by Gov. Greg Abbott on Aug. 27. The report gives Texans an update on efforts by the governor’s office, the Legislature and state agencies toward implementing recommendations made in the School Safety Action Plan released on May 30, 2018 and […]

Mesquite: A tree for all ages

Historically Speaking

The ubiquitous Mesquite tree is indigenous to the southwest area of the United States and northern Mexico. Its tap root which can reach up to 200 feet into the earth to source water makes it drought resistant; and it can live for more than 100 years. In Texas the most common specie is the honey mesquite. Historically, it falls in […]

P is for Preparation



I t’s a fact. We all start life as children, and we all—eventually—grow up. That’s life. As a parent, the hardest part of the job is the one no one ever tells you about—not when you’re planning a family, not when you’re pregnant, and not as that adorable baby grows from infant to toddler to school-age. Not once do ‘they’ […]

The United States Air Force, now 72-years-old



I t may seem impossible to many of us older folks, but the United States Air Force is now officially a septuagenarian. It became a separate service from the Army September 18, 1947, nearly 72 years ago. Separating the Air Force was no simple matter. Prior to 1947, the defense of the United States was the responsibility of two cabinet-level […]

Meet me at the red light



Red lights often conjure up negative emotions. When the car in front of us slams on its breaks to avoid hitting a deer, red lights signal that there is imminent danger. When flashing red lights zoom past us, someone has likely committed a criminal offense or made a grave miscalculation. A red light at an intersection means you will be […]


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