Atascosa County Judge’s Report

There appears to be a verbal campaign going around that I am trying to close the County Juvenile Detention Center. That is not true and anyone pushing that is not speaking the whole truth. It has been my initiative for the last several years as county judge to build programs to bring in revenue and save this center and keep […]

ACSO: It’s the Law

On September 11, I had the privilege to speak at the 9-11 Memorial Service held in front of the Courthouse in Jourdanton. The ceremony was hosted by County Judge Bob Hurley. It immediately brought back memories from that day in 2001 that changed so many lives in America. It was an obvious attack on this country on our soil, the […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

Greetings from the Mayor’s office: Another Cowboy Homecoming is in the books and it was one of the best. The parade was very exciting and I have had a lot of compliments on the entries…….. the beautiful floats…….. the presentation in “glitter style” with outstanding performances from the Pleasanton Eagle Band, the Pacesetters and Cheerleaders, JROTC, the County Line Community […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet

This past week was a little busy. On Tuesday, I swore in a new reserve police officer for Poteet. Officer Alan Perez is a recent graduate of the Alamo Area Regional Law Enforcement Academy. Officer Perez will be on training status for several hours before he will be patrolling our city streets on his own. When you see Officer Perez, […]

Always a parent, even to adult children

The Way I See It

There are times in our lives when we are reminded that even though our offspring are adults, we are still parents. Stepping in to assist them when needed – be it emotional, physical or financial support – it is what we all do, right? We are available for advice or just a patient ear to hear complaints. And sometimes parents […]

Report provides details on what can be done to prevent shootings

Gov. Greg Abbott on Sept. 12 released the Texas Safety Action Report, a document that details what Texas and Texans are doing to prevent mass shootings. The report elaborates on executive orders Abbott issued a week earlier to coordinate state and local expertise and resources and “identify any shortcomings in our current systems and explore ways to prevent these horrific […]

Historically Speaking

Six flags over Texas

Good teachers inspire students, and often instill lessons that last a lifetime. This week, Martin Gonzales, Chair of the Atascosa County Historical Commission shares a memory that recalls his earliest influencer in his passion for history. Take me back to Mr. Johnson’s 4th grade Social Studies class at Poteet Elementary, about 1987. For those of you too young to remember, […]

R is for Relationships

Most of the columns I have written on this journey through the A to Z’s of Autism have dealt with younger children. After all, J is only four and B fourteen. But what happens when our baby bears grow up? What happens when that dreaded “R” word raises its head? Yes, I am referring to romantic relationships. Neurotypical teens have […]

Neurons and nuclear reactions

Every thought you ever had rode on the back of electricity. When the rodeo of wild electrons halts in our brains and in our hearts, that is when we die. Life is electric. The horses of our neurotransmitters leap across the synapses of our minds carrying our mail from neuron to shining neuron. The lightning inside our heads carries vital […]

“Old Ironsides,” naval history afloat

She is truly history afloat—U.S.S. Constitution, fondly nicknamed “Old Ironsides.” The nickname is misleading—Constitution was built mostly of wood, including layers of oak that made her hull so strong enemy cannonballs bounced off. And someone exclaimed her sides must be made of iron! U.S.S. Constitution is the oldest commissioned warship in the United States Navy, and also the oldest commissioned […]

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