Columns

We the People

Last week I attended a well-organized and thoughtful event. It was titled “Let’s talk education!” and was held at the Compass Rose Academy. Being a fan of education and public education, I was intrigued and wanted to know more, particularly as both our SD19 candidates were invited to express their views at this public forum. I arrived, and smiling kids […]

From the Right

Early voting has begun for State Senator in our Senate District. We now have the prospect of electing a Republican to the office of State Senator – Peter Flores. He has vowed to work with the Governor and Lt. Governor to fix the property tax system and ensure that our tax dollars are spent wisely. Peter Flores will tell you […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report



Greetings, The weekly police blotter has been posted to our website, you can find it at www.lytletx.org/ police. Feel free to email or contact me if you have any questions. richard. priest@lytletx.org We had a slow and wet week. Officers handled 47 calls for service and conducted 31 traffic stops. This week, it was almost a tie between warnings and […]

Reflections on two Americans we lost in August 2018



When you read one of my columns you are looking into my mind as much as two months before the column saw print. I normally have as many as three columns in various stages of writing, reflecting and editing before I submit them. This column is a rare exception. I am writing it six days before the expected publication date […]

From the Right

Early voting for the special runoff election begins next week, September 10th. This election, for State Senator for Senate District 19, is in many ways, the most important election in the history of the Senate District, especially for Republicans. Republicans, now is the time to step up. Now is the time to stay strong! Now is the time to become […]

We the People

This year has flown by, and I find it hard to believe that summer is ending and we are heading into the fall. It’s been a busy year and its going to be a busier couple of months. We have two extremely important elections in front of us: the general election on November 6th and the special election runoff for […]

Tuesdays will never be the same

The Way I See It

Last week’s column had a lot of folks asking me what was happening, where I’ll be working and if I’m moving … and though I updated on Facebook my plans, I’m excited to share them here. My new job will be with the Texas Press Association as their new Event Director. And though their office is in Austin, I will […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

We are very close to wrapping the budget for 2019 and the tax rate. I am pleased to announce that we will be lowering your tax rate by 2 cents, from $61.99 to $59.99. I wish it was more of a reduction, but the good thing is that ALL bond rates and ALL monies for construction are included in this […]

Behind The Badge

You probably haven’t heard of Lauren Card. And were it not for the events in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017 her life would have taken a very different path. It was that evening that a deranged man opened fire on a crowd at a music festival on the famed Las Vegas Strip, killing 58 and injuring hundreds more. Lauren […]

Change is good, though bittersweet

The Way I See It

This column marks my last as an employee of the Pleasanton Express. After almost 30 years – and almost half of my life – I’m leaving to pursue another career. It is time for a change, and while it is bittersweet, I’m both excited and nervous! My newspaper family has been a huge part of my life. If not for […]


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