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Governor Abbott Announces National Guard Deployment in Support of COVID-19 Response

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | March 27, 2020

As part of the state’s ongoing response to COVID-19, Governor Greg Abbott today announced the deployment of three National Guard Joint Task Force Brigades. “Texans can be grateful that these troops are now standing their post alongside healthcare professionals and first responders on the front lines of this crisis,” said Gov. Abbott. The Guard is rolling out support for the […]

Senate coronavirus legislation helps Texas farmers, ranchers

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | March 26, 2020

“Texas Farm Bureau applauds today’s efforts by the U.S. Senate,” said Texas Farm Bureau President Russell Boeing following yesterday’s passage of the “Phase Three” CoronaVirus legislation. “The ‘Phase Three’ legislation provides important relief to a wide range of Texans and businesses, including Texas farm and ranch families. “The legislation provides emergency funding for U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue to […]

USDA designates Atascosa County as primary Natural Disaster Area

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | March 25, 2020

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated 83 Texas counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses due to recent drought may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans. The Texas counties with the primary natural disaster designation include Anderson, Atascosa, Bandera, Bee, Bell, Blanco, Brazos, Brown, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Callahan, Cherokee, Coke, […]

Gov. Abbott urges Texans to stay home, stay safe, stay strong

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | March 24, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott in a live address Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. said that there are now 715 people in Texas who have tested positive to COVID-19 with 11 deaths. Gov. Abbott kept his declaration of March 20 that expires April 3 stating there is no shelter in place order as of now but said bluntly, stay home or be […]

Pleasanton opens COVID-19 Emergency Operation Center

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | March 23, 2020

The City of Pleasanton has opened an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to help answer the public’s questions concerning local matters relating to COVID-19. “The reason that we set this emergency operation center up is to have one central location in the city to gather and disseminate factual information to the public,” said Mayor Travis Hall. “We wanted to establish a […]

Methodist Hospital South and Atascosa County release statement regarding first two positive cases of COVID-19 in Atascosa County

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | March 22, 2020

Methodist Hosptial South and Atascosa County confirm the first two cases of COVID-19 in Atascosa County today. “Recently we had two patients who tested positive for COVID-19,” said Pam Guillory, Chief Nursing Officer and Chief Operation Officer Methodist Hospital South. “The patients were treated and released for home quarantine as per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines. Methodist Hospital […]

Gov. Abbott postpones run-off election

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | March 20, 2020

Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation postponing the runoff primary election until July 14, 2020. The runoff election was originally scheduled for May 26th, but has been postponed in conjunction with the state’s ongoing efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. In Atascosa County there is only one run-off.  The run-off is for the position of Constable Precinct 1 […]

Local Restaurants get creative still serving food

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | March 20, 2020

Please support local businesses during this time of transition!  The following 19 Atascosa County businesses are offering a mix of curbside, delivery, and take-out. If you are a food business in Atascosa County and would like to be on this list  text Noel Wilkerson Holmes, publisher, at 5129656876 or email news@pleasantonexpress.com.  Noel will add you to the list that is […]

Gov. Abbott temporarily closes schools, restaurants, gyms, bars statewide

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | March 19, 2020

Effective midnight March 20, Gov. Greg Abbott will temporarily close schools, restaurants, gyms and bars statewide in his most sweeping step yet to stop the spread of novel coronavirus. Restaurants now will be drive-thru and “to go” only, plus delivery. The order is effective at midnight tomorrow and continues until April 3, the Governor stated in a live broadcast at […]

City of Pleasanton Small Business Support Services Available Now

By Noel Wilkerson-Holmes | March 18, 2020

The City of Pleasanton through its consulting firm, EMC Strategy Group, LLC, is offering assistance to any business in Pleasanton that is seeking critical working capital during the nationally declared federal emergency. The federal government has authorized the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) to work with businesses of all sizes to get access to immediate working capital. EMC Strategy Group […]