COVID-19 rental relief program

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Governor Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced that the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) has launched the Texas Rent Relief Program — the first statewide rent and utility assistance program for qualifying households throughout Texas. Beginning February 15th, applicants may submit their application by calling 1-833-9TX-RENT (1-833-989-7368) or submitting it online at TexasRentRelief.com. The call center will be […]

The Woman’s Club of Pleasanton experiencing vandalism of thrift shop

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Trash that was picked up by Thrift Shop volunteers on Saturday morning that could have otherwise been suitable for resale. PATSY TROELL | COURTESY PHOTOS The Women’s Club of Pleasanton Thrift Shop on Main Street serves our community and appreciates all donations made to their efforts. However, volunteers were left with utter disappointment this past Saturday, Feb. 6 when they […]

I love people, places and things big!

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This week I am in love with the City of Pleasanton’s Public Market which is coming to historic Main Street. This public market is part of Phase II of the Pleasanton River Park Master Plan Renovation. The market is being described as having the vibe of the Pearl and La Cantera. The Pleasanton Express will be covering this story from […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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The following was put out by Governor Abbott’s office on Tuesday: A statewide rental assistance and utility assistance program will begin at 8 a.m. on Feb. 15, 2021. You can visit texasrentrelief.com and or 1-833-989- 7368. Renters and landlords will be directed to set up an account and proceed from there. We understand this will pay rent and utilities that […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

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Greetings from the Mayor’s office: This past Monday around 12:30 p.m., I pulled up into the rear parking lot of city hall and noticed an individual taking a picture of our security camera on the northeast side of the building. Before I could exit my vehicle, he went to his car parked on the north side of the building and […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet

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Hello everyone. I pray everyone is doing well considering the tribulation we have endured because of COVID-19. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it is not a train coming at you. It is the end of the pandemic. This will happen. The vaccine for COVID-19 will soon be made available to all. It is up […]

Be the voice that ends teen dating violence

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Rebecca Raves


Back in an October column, I spoke about a close acquaintance of mine leaving her domestic violent situation from her husband of 16 years. I was very proud of her for making this courageous decision to leave for both herself and her three children. As you might recall, October was National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. As I write this column, […]

COVID-19 vaccine pace rises while statewide hospitalizations drop

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The number of people in Texas hospitalized with COVID-19 has declined more than 28 percent in the past month, according to the Texas Department of Health Services. As of Feb. 7, Texas hospitals were treating 9,957 COVID-19 patients, down from nearly 14,000 a month ago. The number of new cases in the past week was 123,239 — a 22 percent […]

The Square S Brand

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Historically Speaking


Hello Atascosa County! This week I’m going to highlight a recent conversation I had with a lifelong cowboy, rancher and farmer. His family history goes way back in the Leming area. I first met Bill Slomchinski at the Historical Marker dedication for St. Joseph’s Catholic Church (recently erected on FM 536 & Las Gallinas Rd North). After the ceremony, Mr. […]

The monumental question of momentary bliss

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Do you feel overwhelmed, as if you were a castaway floating in an endless sea of problems that seem to have no solutions? Well, if so … I think I can help. I’ve been where you are. I’ve felt the hopelessness that ensues from the unceasing waves of daunting dilemmas. It’s a crummy place to be, friend. The good news […]