Walgreens to offer drive-thru COVID-19 testing

FREE Update: one of five Atascosa Co. COVICD-19 patients recovered

EDITORS NOTE: Atascosa County at 1:40 p.m. gave an update that one of the five COVID-19 patients has recovered and is doing fine. Gov. Greg Abbott in a press conference today at noon announced that Walgreens in Texas will soon be able to provide drive-thru testing for COVID-19. The pharmacies will utilize the Abbott Labs 15-minute response test kits and […]

2020-04-08 E-Edition

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Open for Business

Rural Texas leaves room for many businesses in Atascosa County to remain open and essential. Atascosa County businesses, both essential and non-essential, quickly assimilated to keep employees employed and their businesses open even if for some it meant their doors were closed. There is not a shelter in place, but Governor Greg Abbott has inched as close as he can […]

Vodochodsky denied parole

Back in January, the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office and Pleasanton Police Department invited the community to join them in protesting the parole of convicted murderer, Kenneth Vodochodsky, who appeared before the Texas Board of Pardons and Parole on March 20. “I am very pleased to report that the approximate 2,000 Parole Protest Letters on convicted murderer, Kenneth Vodochodsky, were successful,” […]

Hall of Fame care package at a careful distance

Coral Bacon a 1993 Pleasanton High School graduate recently hit the jackpot of surprise care packages on a visit to her parents’ house in Pleasanton. Her parents, Ann and Ken Smelley, fall into that at-risk for the coronavirus category of persons over the age of 64. Coral and her family found themselves in instant need of masks as deemed necessary […]

Love thy neighbor

The Bible teaches us to “love thy neighbor as thyself” (Matthew 22:39). Parents to two daughters, Sunny and Raeven (Cruz) Mendiola of Charlotte are doing nothing shy of just that by giving to those in need in their community. A few months back, before the COVID-19 pandemic, Sunny felt the need to give back to their community. “I just felt […]

Restaurant Out and About

You can help local restaurants in Atascosa County by supporting those still open to serve you. Please keep both the Pleasanton Express and Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce informed about new listings. Aaron’s Pizza is now offering free delivery and a special QUARANTIZZA. Call them at 830-276-1850 to place your orders. They are open from 11 a.m. – 12 a.m. on […]

Gov. Abbott announces Care.com initiative to increase in-home child care access for frontline workers

Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Care.com is increasing in-home child care access for frontline workers responding to the COVID-19 emergency. As part of this initiative, Care.com is offering 90 days of free, premium access to their services, along with specific portals for frontline workers and caregivers in Texas. Frontline workers looking for child care as well as prospective caregivers […]


The City of Pleasanton has installed their new utility bill-pay kiosk at the former drive-up pay window at City Hall. The kiosk will accept credit cards, checks and cash and is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. It will not accept payment of statements. Those must still be paid inside. Pictured above, from left, are City Manager Johnny […]

Fifth COVID-19 case confirmed in Atascosa Co.

At press time we received notice that a fifth positive case of COVID-19 was reported to Atascosa County by the Texas Department of State Health Services. No further information was provided regarding this case. Atascosa County reported the fourth case of COVID-19 Monday afternoon in a county resident. The individual is currently hospitalized in Bexar County. It has been determined […]