Pleasanton Express 2019 Year in Review



Another year has come and gone. Let’s take a look back through the front pages of the Pleasanton Express to see just how much has happened during 2019.


• Chase Rankin wears orange in memory of his best friend Brock Powell at the Atascosa County Livestock Show on Thursday, Jan. 17.

• Lynn Ellison was sworn into office as the newly elected District Judge by County Court-At- Law Judge Bob Brendel.

• J. Taylor Brite, former Atascosa County Attorney, passed away on January 9.

• Safer Path Family Violence Shelter was forced to delay opening their doors to victims of domestic violence due to the government shutdown.


• Poteet natives David, Adam and Richard of David Lee Garza y los Musicales, as well as Randy and John Carroll of Pleasanton, were set to come home for Cowboy Homecoming in March.

• Landon Manley and Kaycee Kaiser were named Little Mister and Miss Poteet on Friday, Feb. 8.

• Atascosa County Animal Control gave their quarterly report. A total of 435 animals were processed from October through December 2017.


• Congressman Henry Cuellar presented a check of $508,000 to the Pleasanton Municipal Airport to repave the airport runway and taxi area.

• Pleasanton locals were awarded at the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce Award Banquet including Man of the Year, Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez and Woman of the Year, Christy Reed.


• The 72nd Annual Poteet Strawberry Festival Court invited everyone to join them the weekend of April 4-7.

• Vance and Ruth Ann Schultze were named 2019 Poteet Growers of the Year.

• The order of the Hermanas Josefinas traveled from San Antonio to pray over fields of strawberries at the Sanchez Family Farm in Poteet.

• Samantha Hurt Jones and Naomi Delgado both pled guilty to tampering with evidence in the murder of Lindsey Watkins.


• The community of Atascosa County joined in on remembering Judith Blanton Wilkerson, publisher of the Pleasanton Express, who passed away on April 26.

• Sheri and Roger Mitzel of Jamie’s Ranch for Special Kids hosted the first ever “Sweet Memories” dance for 350 teens and adults with special needs.

• Zane Youngblood (People in Wildflowers), Ellen Tom (Animals in Wildflowers) and Debbie Eastham Gillespie (Wildflower Scenery) won the Pleasanton Express’ #Wild- AboutWildFlowers photo contest.


• Pleasanton Express Graphic Designer Aaron Davidson brought home his second press association 1st place award for his graphic design skills.

• Rick Luna was honored for his 29 years of service to Atascosa County as Constable, Pct. 3.

• Pleasanton Police Chief Ronald Sanchez was featured on the A&E Network’s “Hero Ink” for the tattoo he received in honor of Terry Miller, Thomas Monse Jr. and Mark Stephenson.


• Pleasanton High School Alumni 86’d was announced to “Rock the River Park” during Cowboy Homecoming on September 14.

• Gabriella Ruiz, Pleasanton Express Rock Star Intern from Charlotte, was awarded the Sammie Franklin Journalism Scholarship.

• Greg Seiler was named Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Methodist Hospital South.


• The City of Jourdanton held a town hall meeting to discuss the construction of a swimming pool and splash pad.

• The State of Texas updated the English Language Arts and Reading curriculum standards to include teaching cursive writing at the elementary level.

• Local school districts gave salary increases to their teachers.

• Jourdanton PD K9 Kimbo received a bulletproof and stab protective vest.

• Local daycares spoke about their vaccination policies.


• Brianna Ortiz was crowned 54th Cowboy Homecoming Queen.

• Former Cowboy of the Year Tommy Henry passed away on September 14.

• Commissioners Court held a public hearing on the Atascosa County Juvenile Detention Center 2020 budget and voted to keep the center open.

• A 9-11 memorial service was held outside the Atascosa County Courthouse.


• The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office held a memorial service on October 12 honoring the 20 Year Anniversary of the Atascosa Ambush on October 12, 1999.

• Atascosa County and the City of Charlotte recognized October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

• Commissioners Court discussed the passing and office vacancy of Constable Percy Medina, Precinct 1.


• Jennifer Davis won the Pleasanton Express “Fall in Love with Fall” photo contest with her photo entry of her son Billy.

• The “West Texas 7” dogs who were abandoned along a stretch of IH-10 highway in West Texas were given a second chance at life thanks to Atascosa Animal Allies.

• A structure fire north of Primrose left a family of four without a home.


• Thousands of people filled the Pleasanton River Park and Main St. for the Merry on Main Christmas festival.

• Atascosa County Fire Marshal Roger Garcia initiated a 60-day burn ban for Atascosa County on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

• After thorough application reviews and interviews, Miguel “Mike” Mares was named by Commissioners Court as the new Constable for Precinct 1, filling the vacancy left by the passing of Percy Medina.

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