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Atascosa County economy off to a great start for 2018

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | January 17, 2018

Noel Wilkerson Holmes Publisher   Sales tax figures for the first month of 2018 looked bright across Texas, with Atascosa County seeing a 100.81 percent increase over last year.  Atascosa County saw a net payment this period of $583,891 compared to prior year’s check of $290,786. Atascosa County outpaced sister counties of Bee, Frio, Karnes and Medina who still saw […]

Capital murder trial jury selection begins

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | January 10, 2018

Noel Wilkerson Holmes Publisher More than 800 citizens did their civic duty Tuesday at the Atascosa County Courthouse. Showing up in morning and afternoon shifts, individuals were put through a process that helped whittle down the 800 to 180 who qualified for the next step of individual questioning.  The jury selection is for the capital murder trial of Shawn Ruiz […]

Fernandez trial jury selection begins Dec. 4

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | November 29, 2017

Noel Wilkerson Holmes Publisher The trial for the Ariel Fernandez case will begin jury selection on Dec. 4 at the Atascosa County Courthouse. The trial is planned to start Dec. 5. Joe Anthony Perez has pleaded not guilty to three charges: murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury to […]

Arth Whitley – what a wonderful life

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | November 08, 2017

Noel Wilkerson Holmes Publisher This is a story not of a death but of a life well-lived. Larger than life. Helluva man. An original. Friend to all. They broke the mold. Arth Whitley certainly experienced a life well-lived and was well-loved during his 84 years on earth. He left this world doing what he loved best spending his last Saturday […]

Pleasanton Police Department joins elite 5 percent

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | October 25, 2017

Noel Wilkerson Holmes Publisher Transparency and accountability are huge buzzwords swirling around law enforcement agencies these days. Pleasanton Chief of Police Ronald Sanchez voluntarily opened his department up for a critical self-review and an independent audit of the agency’s policies, procedures, facilities and operations. On October 17, this huge undertaking earned the department the award of  “Recognized Law Enforcement Agency” […]

Budget approved for county

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | September 27, 2017

Atascosa County Commissioners approved the final budget Monday for the upcoming fiscal year. It has taken a strategic four months of planning for county staff and elected officials to finalize the budget. The court unanimously approved a $.6199 tax rate. The total tax rate of $.6199 is more than the effective rate of $.5646 but less than the rollback rate […]

County, cities see large increase in sales/use tax allocation checks

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | September 27, 2017

Atascosa County wins the Texas Comptroller’s largest sales and use tax rebate amongst neighboring counties of Bee, Frio, Karnes and Medina.  Atascosa had a whopping 63.76 percent increase in its net payment this period as compared to the prior year. Atascosa County’s check this month was $451,377 as compared to last year’s of $275,626.  Atascosa County’s total 2017 payments to […]