Local Matters



The most addictive activity at the Pleasanton Express is not coffee! It is the Pleasanton Express archives of every newspaper since 1952. Currently, our Pleasanton High School intern Mackenzie Pilgrim is in charge of our popular digital only feature Flash Back where we look back a decade at a time. Even at 17, she gets lost in the archives and […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I am excited to announce that we have been approved for our “test” election this fall to qualify for “County Wide Voting”. It has been a long and arduous path, but we got there. My sincere thanks go to the entire staff at the County Election Office for their time spent getting this done and assisting me. I thank Commissioner’s […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings, This week and especially Wednesday, we remember the events of September 11, 2001. I remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I saw and heard of the four coordinated terrorist attacks for the first time that day. I was attending class at DPS Austin and remember the instructor suspending the class and large TV monitors […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



Eighteen years ago on September 11, 2001 our country was a victim of a horrendous, cowardly terrorist act of war. This attack by a foreign enemy was the first time on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor, another horrendous, cowardly act of war. Since 9/11/01 our lives as American citizens living not only in the U.S. but anywhere […]

Pete’s Periodico

School is back!


Welcome back to school! To teachers and parents, that is a happy statement––students might disagree. The Legislature certainly agrees; the 86th Legislative Session was a victory for Texas education. From pre-K to 12th grade, mental health and teacher pay, every aspect of education was addressed this session. A system of efficient public schools is a requirement defined in the Texas […]

Never forget …

The Way I See It

We all remember what we were doing when we found out the World Trade Center towers had been hit by terrorists on September 11. Flash forward 18 years and it is still a vivid memory. Our bathroom was being remodeled and I had taken a shower at my mom’s house. The news was unfolding as they reported the happenings of […]

Executive orders address deadly mass shootings

State Capital Highlights

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 5 issued eight executive orders in hopes of preventing further mass shootings. Abbott’s orders came days after seven people were killed and 25 injured in multiple shootings by a lone gunman along thoroughfares connecting the cities of Odessa and Midland on Aug. 31. The suspect fired at law enforcement officers and civilians, including while driving […]

Historically Speaking

Dies y Seis: Many reasons to celebrate

Celebrations abound on both sides of the US/Mexican border each September 16th. For Mexico the date marks Independence Day. In the US it coincides with Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15). Of importance to Texas, the event marked a step closer for Texas’ independence from Mexico; and for humanity, it marked the end of organized social injustice at the hands […]

Q is for Quirks



When I was young, my parents tested me for autism. Why? I was a quirky kid. I preferred being alone to being with other children. I didn’t talk much. I tapped my fingers against my thumb repetitively. To this day, I am still uncomfortable in crowds, even when the crowd is made up of family. I’m just not a people […]

The United States Air Force’s pioneers



I n last week’s column about the Air Force’s history I did not discuss the people who built the new service. One was General of the Air Force Henry H. Arnold, who—as a lieutenant—was an early Army aviator whose career led him to become Chief of the Army Air Forces before and during World War II. Health problems forced his […]


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