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Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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Juvenile programs are very much on the top of my agenda and mind.  It is the kids that are violating the law, but it is those kids who are hurting and need help.  I am impressed that it is always the goal of the JPO (Juvenile Probation Officer) not to punish the juvenile but to fix him / her. The […]

How television changed me

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True story: Some years ago I was a welfare caseworker and on a home visit to a family home sat in a living room with people ranging from grandparents down to little children. The centerpiece of the living room was a big screen color television set. But something was wrong. It took me a while to figure out what it […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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Commissioner Mark Gillespie had a culvert “bridge” collapse on St. Augustine County Road and has responded to the situation.  He has closed the road for safety purposes.  He has notified the school so the bus runs would be able to adjust.  He notified the “County Emergency Management Manager” David Prasifka and he sent a bulk public notice out on the […]

Losing friends

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This past week I was saddened to hear the loss of not one, but two friends of mine. Patrick Carmack, a 1988 graduate of PHS, died of a sudden heart attack last Tuesday. Dan Nick, Jourdanton’s former city manager, passed away on Thursday. While these two men were almost 20 years apart in age, their loss was felt by many. […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report

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Here is the latest news you can use from the Lytle Police Department, or maybe a better description would be “What we did last week”. A total of 38 calls for police service were generated and officers made 47 traffic stops. Of those 47 stops 27 resulted in citations being issued and the remaining 20 were either written or verbal […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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I hope everyone made it through the icy weather.  I made what I felt was a difficult decision to close non – essential county operations. Tuesday, we had 50 to 100 prospective jurors scheduled to be interviewed as well as our normal business.  Ice on south Texas roads is a scary thing and I wanted to make certain that we […]

Stock shows supported

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This is youth livestock show season and Atascosa County’s is over. While we haven’t heard the final numbers yet, I am hoping they are in line with – or above – 2017’s show. Our staff was there to capture photos of the different projects throughout the week and to snap more photos of the grand champion and reserve grand champion […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report

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Greetings from Lytle PD! A team of professionals dedicated to not only serving and protecting this community but also doing our part to ensure the success of the restaurants and donut shops.  So what have we been up to this past week? Looks like our officers conducted 47 traffic stops, of those 26 resulted in citations being issued and 21 […]

Winter and common sense

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South Texas in recent weeks has gotten a pretty good taste of cold winter weather, at least by our standards, but much of the world regularly sees much worse than we did with our hard freezes and icy roads.  And I have seen some pretty cold winter weather in my lifetime. When I was a little kid living in Chicago […]

Friendships forged in fire

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“Strength through adversity. The strongest steel is forged by the hottest fires. It is pounded and struck repeatedly… The fire gives it power and flexibility, and the blows give it strength. Those two things make it able to withstand every battle…” -Sherrilyn Kenyon When I read that quote it took me back to the end of August when our area […]


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