Twenty years ago this week Hurricane Andrew devastates the state of Florida. Although the devastation does not impact Atascosa County physically the changes in hurricane preparation does.
10 years ago this week
•Most area schools seemed to ace the extra Social Studies test that caused problems in other school districts in the state. This year for the first time a new Social Studies test taken by eighth graders since 1996 was included and apparently some were not ready for it.
Writer’s notes:As a wife of a teacher and certified teacher myself, I know firsthand that preparations are not always given the same weight per subject.
Just about the time students, teachers, and administration think they can handle one type of test the Texas Education Agency tosses it in the waste basket and introduces yet another. Next year the state will introduce a much more rigorous exam the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills(TAKS). The new test will cover more grades and more subjects. Don’t get me started on my opinion of these redundant tests which do not capture the true skills of the student or what they have learned or accomplished.
•Four teens arrested and charged in Charlotte school burglary. Two 13 year olds and two 12 year olds were charged with one count each. Suspects took three cases of soda pop, a stapler and tape dispenser.
•Homecoming’s 5K run grows bigger after 23 years of existence. The 5K is one of the area’s truly big events of the year. Winners Bree Wilson and Thomas Gaudette both of San Antonio said they’d like to come back and both are expected to return to defend their titles.
20 years ago this week
•Anthony Martinez and Gerald Gallegos, members of Pleasanton Eagles district championship baseball team, proved to the nation that they are top-notch players when they performed in the AAU baseball tournament last weekend in Daytona Beach. Both played for San Antonio All Star team which finished with a 5-3 record. Martinez who has accepted a full baseball scholarship to Laredo Junior College pitched fantastic while Gallegos a senior at Pleasanton and starter at second base for two years played an outstanding season.
•Got the summer doldrums?
Heat got you down? Has boredom set in? Gather up the family and treat yourselves to an evening of fun and adventure. Don’t miss the antics of Atascosa County’s finest little actors in “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer” at the ACT II Theatre.
•Meltdown winners right on the money. It came down to a dead heat in the sizzling summer meltdown for three Atascosa County residents who split $500. Each guessed the exact time a 300 lb block of ice would melt under the hot Texas sun. Vigil began at midnight when the frozen hunk which was placed under the cowboy statue on the city hall lawn. Pleasanton Express employees Twister Marquiss and Ted De Vilbiss kept vigil until it puddled at 3:11 that afternoon.
25 years ago this week
Lions to admit women as members – Lions Club International voted overwhelmingly to lift a 70 year old ban on female members. Jim David, president of the Pleasanton Lions Club stated they had not been faced with this before and he was not sure their membership would be in favor. The Lions Club is traditionally a fraternity of men. Poteet and Charlotte groups said they are tickled over the vote because their wives are some of the hardest workers for the organization.
30 years ago this week
•Award for Pleasanton from the American Automobile Association for its outstanding pedestrian safety record. Pleasanton was one of 320 top awards.
•Willie Mae Kenney who served 24 years with the county clerk’s office will be stepping down to enjoy a well needed vacation as she retires.
•“Smokey” the Bear lives in Jourdanton. Joe Tymrak a volunteer fireman since 1938 is known as “Smokey”. Others have more time but Joe is more dedicated. He takes every fire as a personal affront battle between him and the fire. Until all his kids left home it was a family operation to send him off to a fire.
40 years ago this week
•Cowboy of the year to head the Homecoming Parade. Directors made the decision to try it this year and if it works out it may become a tradition with the association. Such a move would solve an annual problem obtaining a parade marshal and the selection would fit into the theme of the celebration.
•Peanut field day proves rain maker for the 2nd year in a row. Best rain maker in county with 2.7 inches of rainfall.
•King High School in Corpus Christi has a new assistant coach. Jerry Zabava has taken the position. He is a graduate of Pleasanton High School and SWSTU in San Marcus. Jerry is the son of Elizabeth Zabava.
ESTHER POKLADNIK, delves into the Express shelves for news of the past. She may be reached at : email@example.com.