Atascosa County Judge’s Report



The first item I need to talk to you about is an article that ran in the Lytle Leader Newspaper last week. The body was written pretty true, but the title and the opening made it sound like the county is considering spending 115M on a solar farm. That is not true. We heard a request for a tax deferred plan by the prospective builder. My biggest concern is the neighbors and its impact on them. I would like to hear from them as to the impact on their properties. If we did this, the financial impact would be that the first year 20 to 30M would be added to the tax rolls and for three to four years it would create several hundred jobs.

I hope you had a special Thanksgiving. Mine was. Besides the usual good family time, my granddaughter, my son’s daughter who lives in Phoenix, developed a serious life threatening disease. It is called “Lemierre’s syndrome” and the explanation is so long, I suggest you Google it. It is a one in a million disease, but is on the rise. The fatality rate can be high. Her temperature is coming down and they are removing all tubes today (This is Saturday, the 24th). She should be able to go home Monday, but will still be on intravenous antibiotics at home for at least another two weeks with much follow-up. She could have died. The Wednesday before Thanksgiving, the surgeons drained the pleural cavity under the worst lung and cleaned it because the liquid buildup was compressing the lung and making breathing difficult. But, we were very worried because a surgical procedure, with anesthesia and lung problems is scary. Her mother (my daughter-in-law) is an RN and can monitor her at home.

So the news Wednesday evening that she had come through the surgery well was cause for Thanksgiving. Her temperature, which was hovering at nearly 104, steadily started coming down. The antibiotics are working and the lesions are shrinking. As of this writing, her temperature is down to normal. We, I, owe this to good parents reacting quickly, good doctors and most of all, a good and gracious God who answered our prayers.

Thanks for listening.

We want you to be proud of your County Government.

BOB HURLEY is the Atascosa County Judge. You may E-mail him at

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