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Madeleine Guajardo

Staff Writer

10 years ago

Craving strong coffee and warm tortillas? Then get over to Atascosa River Park where Prosperity Bank is hosting the annual Cowboy Breakfast early Friday morning. Toby Hill’s crew will be cooking , Pete Pawelek, pastor of Cowboy Fellowship of Atascosa County, will offer grace before the meal and Johnny Garza Texas Tunes will provide music. There to serve will be members of the 2008 Pleasanton Cowboy Homecoming Court, April Antu, Heather Arnott, Mystle Crossland, Vanessa Rutherford, Erica Trevino and Chamber Duchess Haley Somers.

The 30th annual Cowboy Gallop 5K Run and 2-Mile Fun Walk is scheduled for Saturday, August 16 at the Atascosa River Park in Pleasanton in conjunction with the 43rd annual Pleasanton Cowboy Homecoming celebration.

20 years ago

These kids were taking advantage of the new City Pool at the Pleasanton Sports Complex Friday, August 7th. Beating the heat were: front row (left to right) Ross Porter, Jannica Gutierrez, Margaret Martinez, Katie Haygood and Kristin Haygood. Second row (left to right) Jeremy Evans, Meagan Benishek, Erin Porter, Roland Rodriguez, Courtney Evans and Melissa Mullins. Back row (left to right) Amanda Tucker, Ashley Carver, Mike Mireles, Johnny Escamilla, Ryan Rodriguez and Levi Aaron.

Pleasanton is called the home of the Cowboy and Jake Rakowitz, a senior at the Pleasanton schools, added more fuel to that belief by winning the Best All-around Cowboy title at Seguin on Aug. 2. Rakowitz is the son of Lonnie and Gina Rakowitz of Pleasanton and will be starting his senior year at Pleasanton High School.

30 years ago

To dunk or not to dunk – That is the question being asked by David Sligh, Bob (B.R.) Rentfro and E.T. Hughey who have volunteered to be poised above a pool of cool water for the Chamber Commerce Auxiliary’s Cunking Booth during Saturday afternoon River Park activities during the weekend’s Cowboy Homecoming. Also getting a chance to cool off from the August heat will be Rev. Don Higginbotham, Dr. Mike McFarland, Monsignor John Wagner, Dwight Nieschwitz and David Wilkerson.

Study, Study, Study – These five Pleasanton Volunteer Firemen attended the 59th Annual Texas Firemen’s Training School at Texas A&M University in July. From left are Kenny Hernandez, Louis Reyes, Jimmy Toscano, Mike Mansfield and Marcelino Rodriguez. The training counts toward advanced certification and helps the city keep a low key rate.

40 years ago

Members of the Cotton Candy twirlers and strutters are all ready to march in the big parade Saturday morning during Homecoming. All these girls are students of Sandy Coward, Instructor. Front row left to right are Leeann Nichols, Renise Favor, Stephanie, Brown, Sara Dowdy, Marnie Rates, Elizabeth Wilkerson and Allison Ackerman. Middle row; Sue Ellen Burnam, Amy Foster, Amanda Foster, Traci Thorne, Kelly Swirc, Shelly Smith and Kim Townsend. Third row: Jana Clack, Leigh Palmer, Sheila Zepeda, Tina Vera, Roxanne Porter, Gloria Ortiz, Lea Ann Burket, Cindy Favor and Edie Knight.

Old Spanish Trail Riders were busy last Saturday making long ride on Highway 281 to boost the Cowboy Homecoming. Pleasanton Jaycees provided the refreshments for the ride. Pictured are part of the over 100 riders who participated in the trail ride.

50 years ago

This is a model of an eight-foot bronze statue of a Texas Cowboy, Dr. and Mrs. Ben Parker are donating to Pleasanton. The statue will be completed next year and placed on the city square as a memorial to this area being “the birthplace of the cowboy.” Model will be on display in Dr. Parker’s offices during this year’s Cowboy Homecoming celebration. Official dedication will be held at next year’s Homecoming.

60 years ago

Atascosa Livestock Exchange, Inc., located on Hwy. 97 between Pleasanton and Jourdanton, holds its grand opening this Friday morning. The sales ring is brand new and boasts new facilities that are reported to be the most modern in South Texas.

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