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The Electoral College and why it matters


The President and Vice President of the United States are NOT chosen by a nationwide popular vote of the American people rather, they are chosen by 538 electors. This process is spelled out in the U.S. Constitution. Why didn’t the Founders just make it easy and let the presidential candidate with the most votes claim victory? Why did they create […]


The Atascosa County 4-H Council presented their 4-H annual Interpretation during Monday morning’s Commissioner’s Court meeting. Pictured, from left, front are Pct. 1 Commissioner Mark Gillespie, Pct. 2 Commissioner Stuart Knowlton, Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley, Pct. 3 Commissioner Eliseo Perez and Pct. 4 Commissioner Kennard Riley. In the back are Ashlie Stayton, 4-H Program Assistant; Ely Rankin, Sergeant in […]


Learning to Do, Doing to Learn, Earning to Live, Living to Serve

Heritage, bbq & pies

“I often wonder what our heritage really means to the young generations. Will they care enough to pass on to future generations the promise that freedom holds? To me, our heritage is the reverence and humility I feel when I think of how our forefathers labored with sweat, blood and tears for this country, to free us all from fears […]

Wildfires sparked by outdoor equipment can be prevented

Texas A&M Forest Service and local fire departments remind people operating equipment outdoors to be aware of current conditions to help reduce wildfires. Over the past week, Texas A&M Forest Service firefighters responded to six wildfires ignited by equipment use. Equipment use continues to be a major cause of wildfires. Each year, people using chainsaws, weed eaters, lawn mowers, welders, […]

Back-to-school shopping showcases agriculture

Crayons, paper, erasers… oh my! It’s back-to-school time and that means school supplies. For teachers and students. Did you know Texas agriculture is the source of many school supplies? Take East Texas timber growers. With their help, schools and classrooms will be filled with textbooks, notebooks, looseleaf paper, pencils, rulers and more. Make a mistake and need to erase? A […]

Gardening Q&A

Plant Q & A

Q. Our zoysia grass is showing brown spots. Is it a fungus or just the heat? We sprinkle it regularly and have applied a lawn fungus. One issue is that there is only 2 inches of soil under the sod. A. Based on my experience with zoysia grass the problem is the 100-degree heat mixed with the 2 inches of […]

Brett Acker, inspired by his time in the FFA

Brett Acker is a recent graduate of Tilden High School, who has left his mark on Tilden FFA; however, it is quite clear that the FFA has also left a mark on him. Acker just received the Richard Wallrath Foundation Scholarship earning him $10,000 to put towards his education. He explained that the interview process was not too difficult for […]


USDA Opens Signup for Market Facilitation Program

Signup opens today for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP), a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) program to assist farmers who continue to suffer from damages because of unjustified trade retaliation from foreign nations. Through MFP, USDA will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to impacted producers, part of a broader trade relief package announced in late July. The […]

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