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Economy sees increase in sales and use tax for April

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Rebecca Pesqueda Reporter April’s monthly city sales tax revenue has been released by the state comptroller’s office, and Atascosa County will see a big increase compared to this month last year. The City of Pleasanton will see the biggest sales tax rebate this month receiving $373,637, which is up 20.03 percent from $311,804 in April 2017. Charlotte and Jourdanton also […]

Express places third overall

FREE Seven awards won in South Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest

Sue Brown Editor The competition is always stiff but at least it is also friendly at the South Texas Press Association annual conventions. This year, the Pleasanton Express brought home seven awards that also placed them third in the Bill and Judy Wilkerson Sweepstakes Division. Winning first place in Sports Photos division was Stephen Garcia. The judge commented “Great, great […]

Community mourns loss of Ogden

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Atascosa County native and former County Commissioner Freddie Ogden passed away on Wednesday, April 11. Ogden served as an Atascosa County Deputy for 10 years, before serving as a Commissioner. He held that office for 30 years. On Monday, Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward ordered that the flags at the Sheriff’s Office be lowered to half-staff in honor of Ogden. […]

Three Cousins Strawberry Patch breaks record with $16,100 in bids

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Lisa Luna Staff writer Tess Chandler, Hannah Chandler and Hallie Bates of Three Cousins Strawberry Patch captured the Grand Champion title at the Poteet Strawberry Festival Auction on April 14. The crate of winning Albion berries sold for a total of $16,100. The premium buyers were H-E-B and Bud Light- Silver Eagle Distributing, which each bid $6,350. Other contributing bids […]

Attend oak wilt seminar next Wed.

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Oak wilt is one of the most destructive tree diseases in the United States and it is in our area. The successful management of oak wilt depends on correct diagnosis and an understanding of how the pathogen spreads between different oak species. An oak wilt management seminar will be presented by the City of Pleasanton and Texas A&M Forest Service […]

Windmill donated

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Jim Collums, windmill restoration expert from Poteet, has donated and has erected the windmill portion of what will soon become a railroad water tower similar to one that had served trains in the north area of Pleasanton in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The windmill is at the Longhorn Museum  on Hwy. 97 east. In the foreground is Dusty […]

Capital murder trial finds officer killer guilty

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Christelle Troell Staff writer Too often they place their lives in danger to protect the public and those they love. They are our law enforcement, our firefighters, our EMS personnel. They are a close-knit family who take care of each other and protect the citizens of their towns and counties. Just over four years ago, one of law enforcement’s finest […]

Peace, love and strawberries for a 71st celebration

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Lisa Luna Staff Writer The spotlight will shine brightly on Poteet this weekend, for the 71st Annual Poteet Strawberry Festival. Thousands will converge at the festival grounds on Highway 16 for the best in strawberries, food booths, live music, arts and crafts and entertainment for all ages. The celebration will kick-off on Thursday, April 12 with Carnival Armband Night from […]

It’s a family tradition

FREE Sanchez picked as 2018 Grower of the Year

The Poteet Rotary Club has named their Grower of the Year for 2018. Leonard Sanchez, Jr. carries on the family legacy of growing strawberries in the area. A third generation strawberry grower, Sanchez follows in the footsteps of his grandfather, Antonio Sanchez and his father, Leonard Sanchez Sr. Growing up, Sanchez would help his grandfather and father out with growing […]

Justice for Ariel – Perez found guilty

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Lisa Luna  Staff Writer The family of Ariel Fernandez found some justice on Thursday, March 29 after an Atascosa County jury convicted Ariel’s then boyfriend, Joe Anthony Perez, in the December 2015 fatal stabbing, as well as the stabbing of Ariel’s brother, Richard Luebano. The Honorable Judge Phillip Kazan then sentenced Perez to 35 years in prison for Ariel’s death, […]


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