Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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Some people think that I am guilty of voter suppression because I recommended to Commissioners’ Court to follow the state election code and close seven Voter Precincts that qualified to be called “stranded.” I have worked tirelessly to build a system that makes it easier to vote anywhere in Atascosa County. I have expanded early voting from one location to […]

Get to work, attend local meetings

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Rebecca Raves


If you would have asked me four years ago, had I ever attended a single city council, school board or commissioners court meeting in my young adult life, I would have said no. If I’m being honest, I probably never would have attended one … ever. But that is not the case now. As the news editor of the best […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

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Greetings from the Mayor’s office, This Saturday marks an exciting day here in our city. It is the Grand Opening of the Jim Collums’ Windmill Exhibit from the Longhorn Museum beginning at 11:30 a.m. This has been a work in progress for Jim and, after being delayed for a year by the pandemic, we will finally have the opening of […]

What a weekend it was ..

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Historically Speaking


Howdy, my fellow Atascosans! I hope you guys are enjoying this beautiful weather we have been blessed with! This past weekend was great a great climate, and thankfully so! We had a busy weekend and I would like to take the time to update the interested folks about what we’ve been up to. Saturday, May 8 … seems like every […]

Built to be ‘blue’

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In an era of unprecedented angst directed toward law enforcement around the nation, one can only wonder why anyone in their right mind would choose this field as a career in 2021. But if you are able to filter out the noise you will still find that law enforcement, as a profession, is still a field that is constantly working […]

To Atascosa, McMullen County school personnel

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Letter to the Editor

CONGRATULATIONS! You have kept your passion alive, your students engaged, your children fed throughout a pandemic, something few have experienced and many hope will never happen again. In March 2020 educational professionals had a plan of action in a mere two weeks, closing in-person learning and opening virtual instruction. Bus drivers delivered meals prepared by dedicated cafeteria staff, buildings were […]

Lion hearts and loud desperation

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There is an old Henry David Thoreau quote that poignantly points out how most people “lead lives of quiet desperation.” In one sense, Henry was dead on. In another sense … he was dead wrong. People are loud in their desperation. If you have any shadow of a doubt about this matter, simply take a gander at your social media […]

Emerie June, a complete warrior

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“She’s a complete warrior,” said Jessica Brill on her daughter, Emerie June Servantes. “I really truly feel that it is all in faith and prayers and support.” The 3-year-old has undergone treatment for pre- B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “My little peanut, you have been assigned this mountain to show others it can be moved,” wrote Brill in an April […]

From the ground up: Paez family left to rebuild after February’s winter storm

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While many have recovered from February’s winter storm, Joe Paez of Verdi and his family are still picking up the pieces of their home and seeking help after their entire house burned down during that first snowy night. “It’s hard to believe it’s gone,” said Paez, who lives off FM 1784 in Verdi. At 2 a.m. on February 15, Paez […]

Fanno to graduate from Texas A&M University- Corpus Christi

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Jacob Fanno will be graduating from Texas A&M University– Corpus Christi with a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology on Saturday, May 15, 2021. A 2017 graduate of Jourdanton High School, Fanno is the son of Douglas and Marie Fanno. This year he was named TAMUCC’s Major of the Year to the Texas American College of Sports Medicine and he […]