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Chase Rankin, Jourdanton 7th grader, was inspired to show pigs by his best friend Brock Powell. You can catch Chase and his Duroc pig, Red Rocket, in the show ring this Thursday, wearing orange in honor of Brock. See story page 6A.


Newly elected District Judge Lynn Ellison, accompanied by his wife Janet, being sworn in by County Court-at- Law Judge Bob Brendel. Judge Ellison served as a lawyer for 44 years and worked in five courthouses in the district for 33 years. He previously served the district as District Attorney, assistant district attorney, assistant attorney general and was also Counsel to […]

Brite – beloved public servant

A pillar of judicial integrity and community service best describes J. Taylor Brite. I have known J. Taylor all my life. I visited him often and wrote stories about him. He always preferred to say the nice things about others. I honored our friendship and can truthfully say, “A most wonderful man has been laid to rest”. Surrounded by his […]

Safer Path opening delayed with government shutdown

“What was being communicated to us was, ‘Go on and continue doing things as you would regularly do.’ We were planning to open tomorrow,” Rhonda Williamson, Executive Director of Safer Path Family Violence Shelter said on Monday. “So I’ve got towels washed and folded and ready to go in bathrooms. I’ve got beds made with sheets, all of which had […]

Out and About

GriefShare at Cowboy Fellowship begins Jan. 20 Cowboy Fellowship will start their GriefShare program at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20. After the funeral, when the cards and flowers have stopped coming, most of the people around you return to their normal lives. However, your grief continues and you feel alone. GriefShare is a support group that meets weekly. You […]

Ramos pleads guilty in murder case of Officer Deckard


Noel Wilkerson Holmes Publisher/Managing Editor This morning at the Atascosa County Courthouse, Jenevieve Ramos pleaded guilty to a charge of capital murder and will spend the rest of her life in prison with the possibility of parole. Ramos was accused of driving the getaway car for Shaun Ruiz Puente when he shot and killed Officer Bobby Deckard. Senior Judge Donna […]

District Attorney’s office 2018 year in review

As we begin the new year, I want to reflect on 2018 and highlight some of the accomplishments and goals of your District Attorney’s Office for 2019. Since taking office in 2017, there’s been a renewed sense of vigor and justice in the courthouses throughout the district. The district judges, district clerks’ offices, and community members serving on both grand […]

His future was Brite

As the Pleasanton Express, on deadline, was completing layout of its Wednesday, January 9 edition word came that J. Taylor Brite had passed away. J. Taylor Brite, 97, is well known as one of the most beloved citizens in Atascosa County and one of the most recognized public servants. Brite was elected Atascosa County Attorney in 1950, taking office January […]

Out and About

PISD Police Department Blue Blood Drive The Pleasanton ISD Police Department will be holding their very first Blue Blood Drive in support of law enforcement on Wednesday, Jan. 9 from 12 noon to 5 p.m. near the old oak tree next to the Performing Arts Center. This blood drive is for all adults in the community with three American Red […]

County, District officials sworn in

Monday, Jan. 1, 2019, at 10 a.m., county and district officials were sworn in at the Atascosa County Courthouse. Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley presided over the ceremony. After being sworn in by District Judge Lynn Ellison, Judge Hurley swore in District Judge Lynn Ellison. County Court-at- Law Judge Robert “Bob” Brendel was sworn in by Judge Ellison. District Judge […]

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