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Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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Atascosa County Judge’s Report      I am still talking about property taxes this week.  Lytle ISD has issued a spot – on letter to the editor which clearly identifies who is at fault for the huge increases in appraisal valuation. It is (not necessarily in the order of accountability) first the Appraisal District for lagging in meeting the States’ […]

Governor offers safety plan designed to prevent shootings at schools

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Governor offers safety plan designed to prevent shootings at schools AUSTIN — Gov. Greg Abbott on May 30 joined state and local leaders in Dallas and San Marcos to unveil his School and Firearm Safety Action Plan.  The governor’s plan came 12 days after the Santa Fe High School shooting in which 10 people were killed and 10 people were […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Update

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Hello all, 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 A quick look at our activity this past week reveals that officers “handled” 52 service calls. Only 26 traffic stops were conducted and of those 21 received citations and […]

Letter to the Editor: Farm bill fails

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Letter to the Editor: Farm bill fails As a local farmer and rancher, I appreciate Congressman Will Hurd’s vote for the farm bill. It failed because of an unrelated issue, but there will be another vote soon. The farm bill is vital for keeping U.S. farmers and ranchers in business.  Farm income is down 52 percent from five years ago. […]

Homeward bound, but how?

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Homeward bound, but how? Anyone who knows me fairly well knows I like trains and train travel. I have since my early childhood. And I have made some memorable trips by rail. But one stands out because of the very unusual nature of the train—a mail train operated by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe. And there were other memorable […]

Mayor’s Message

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 I would sincerely like to thank the Pleasanton Express for the opportunity to bring information to the citizens of Pleasanton through this weekly column. I’m looking forward to sharing with you news about your city government.      First and foremost, I would like to invite any citizen of Pleasanton to attend our City Council meetings, held on the first […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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As promised, my views on the property tax system. The main flaw, in my opinion, is the fact that someone must look at our property and decide what it is worth. I understand this imperfect science. I used to have a real estate license and took all the college courses, including appraisal. I know something about comps and estimates.  What […]

Letter to the Editor: District Rules – Groundwater

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District Rules – Groundwater           During the last Evergreen UWCD board meeting we received public comments (we welcome public input) that indicate a lack of understanding of our responsibility regarding permits.  A citizen from another county stated that one of his neighbors was producing groundwater (well water) without a production permit and possibly causing this citizen’s well […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report

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Chief Priest’s Weekly Report Hello all, It’s Memorial Day 2018, take some time out of your day to reflect on all those that have given their life while serving in our armed forces.  All the freedoms we enjoy every day are the direct result of those who have died defending our country.  The weekly police blotter has been posted to […]

Valdez wins race to face Abbott in November gubernatorial election

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Valdez wins race to face Abbott in November gubernatorial election AUSTIN — Former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez defeated Houston businessman Andrew White, the son of the late former governor, Mark White, in the May 22 Texas Democratic Party primary runoff. Valdez, the first Latina to win a gubernatorial primary in Texas, will run against incumbent Republican Governor Greg Abbott, […]


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