Looking back through 2014



Time – measured by minutes, hours, days, weeks and years – goes by faster these days it seems.

Here is the year in review – stories from the front pages of the Pleasanton Express.


The first baby born in Atascosa County was Tinlee Jane McClellan. Proud parents were Desiree Ludlam and Chris McClellan. Dr. Edward Blackmon was the OB/GYN who delivered her at South Texas Regional Medical Center.

The first of the year also brought the first homicide, too. Rick Estrada was allegedly gunned down in Pleasanton.

The Jourdanton Municipal Complex had their open house and dedicated two Texas Historical markers in honor of Jourdan Campbell – the man who Jourdanton was named after.


After almost 20 years of planning, plus over a year of construction, the Pleasanton Civic Center and Public Library are completed.


Strawberry Festival Royalty

King Clayton Akers and Queen Caitlin Crisp were crowned for the 67th annual celebration. Akers.

Princess was Naomi Jo Ybanez and Prince was Patrick Gonzales.

Duchesses Amber Nicole Rodriguez, Charity Keeling, Selena Richardson and Dukes John Nicholas Cervantez, Zachary S. Mancha andAdam Ybarra rounded out the royalty,

Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce honored civic leaders, too in March.

Named as Woman of the Year was Cindy Carr. Man of the Year was Keith Powell. Teenager of the Year was Carol Cashmer, Businessperson of the Year went to David Douglas, ralph Unger was awarded Teacher of the Year, Judy and Gary Greene were named as Couple of the Year, Matt Martinez was named Young Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year went to Patsy Troell.

H-E-B began its expansion on their store, too.


Jimmy Garza won Grand Champion for his super sweet Chandler strawberries at the 2014 Strawberry Festival contest. The berries sold for $14,000.

Greg Cisnero, 26-year- old Jourdanton resident, had been missing for four months.


A raid in northern Atascosa County shutdown several gamerooms in Operation Snake Eyes dubbed by the Sheriff’s department.

Area valedictorians included Pleasanton’s Conner Ertel, Jourdanton’s Amanda Lanier, Poteet’s Sarah Moreno, Charlotte’s Jayti Wilson and Tilden’s (McMullen County H.S.) Sarah White.

Atascosa County Deputy Stephen Wilson was elected as the Atascosa County Law Enforcement Officer Association’s Officer of the Year at their annual banquet.


Tragedy hit the county with three residents being murdered in unrelated settings. Lindsey Wadkins, Timothy Garcia Jr. and Daniel Coronado were all killed within days of each other.

A 414 Cessna twin engine plane crashed Monday outside the PleasantonMunicipal Airport. No injuries were reported of the six passengers on board.


Two people, John Bryan Finch and Naomi Delgado were both named suspects and arrested in the murder of Lindsey Wadkins.

Second Baptist Church received their Texas Historical Marker.

Another man, Daniel Coronado, Sr. was murdered three weeks after his son was found murdered.

The Pleasanton Riverpark playground began its transition to repair and replace.


Randy Mangum was selected as the 2014 Working Cowbooy of the Year at the Young Farmer’s Open Rodeo. Inducted into the South Texas Hall of Fame were C.S. “Pete” Mangum (posthumously) and Margarito F. Guevara.

Jourdanton Chamber of Commerce honored citizens at their banquet. Tying for Woman of the Year were Rhonda Lem and Pat Hewitt. Also tying for Teenager of the Year were Cassandra Reyes and Cody Chambers. Man of the Year went to Mike Harrison, Sr. Citizen of the Year was given to Jack Harrison, Teacher of the Year went to Robert Chaney, Vance Jupe was named Young Citizen of the Year, Gardeners of the Year went to Lester and Dell Reichert, Lois Newman was named Businessperson of the Year and Marie Gaenzel was awarded a Lifetime Achievement plaque.


The Pleasanton Express advertising manager for the past 31 years, Mary Gallegos, retired.

Historical markers were unveiled for SAU&G railroad and North Pleasanton.


Three fatalities in October occurred. Joseph Anthony (Joe) Montgomery, 30, died at the scene of a crash at the intersection of State Hwy. 97 E. and Houston Street on October 4. And Juan Gomez, 22, of Christine and Joel Gonzalez, 24, also of Christine, both lost their lives after a head on collision on October 5.

A memorial service was held for the fallen officers of the 15th anniversary of the ambush that took the lives of Atascosa Deputies Thomas Monse, Mark Stephenson and State Trooper Terry Miller.

Jordyn Olle was crowned the 49th Cowboy Homecoming Queen. Princesses are Kimbrielle Gusman, Julie Lopez, Taylor Maddox, and Ynez Vera. Jack Fluitt and Mia Martinez were chosen as Little Mr. and Miss Cowboy Homecoming, too.


Bob Hurley was elected as County Judge, succeeding the retirement of County Judge Diane Bautista.

Mark Tullos and Mike Ramsey receive flags, flown over Camp Buehring, Kuwait during LTC Retired U. S. Army Veronica R. Hernandez’ tour in 2009. She awarded them for their committment to service to the community.

Jourdanton City Councilman Raul “Roy” Morales kept his seat after the recount ordered by his opponent Rudy Segura.


Pleasanton resident Carlos Chapa, missing since January 13, 2014, was part of a FBI investigation after a criminal complaint was filed against Ruben Reyes, a former Texas Mexican- Mafia member, was arrested for the alleged murders of Chapa and two other men.

History buff Norman F. Porter, Sr. stepped down as the Atascosa County Historical Commission Chair. Barbara Westbrook was named the new chair.

Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28), presented a check of over $3 million from the USDA to the City of Poteet to be used for water facility improvements.

Pleasanton ISD’s Superintendent Cynthia Clinesmith stepped down and recommened Dr. Matthew Mann as Interim Superintendent.























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