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This week, my mother-in-law, Jean Holmes, will finally be able to leave the rehabilitation center she has lived in, when not in the hospital, since her birthday March 18. She was playing ring around the rosy with her great grandson when she fell. Since that time, she has not been visited in person by a family member except for twice […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



We are getting closer to the official start of the “Atascosa Cowboy Connect” transportation service between Jourdanton, Pleasanton and Poteet. The contracts are finished between the county and the cities. At the next meeting of Commissioners Court we will finalize the contract with AACOG/ART and set an official ribbon cutting event. Think of it–a person in Poteet can catch the […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: “Keep Pushing.” This is a phrase I heard many times in the past from folks who didn’t give up even when the odds were against them. They continued on, and with the help of family and friends, they didn’t give up. This reminds me of the folks who live here in this city. Most of […]

We made it to August

Pete’s Periodico


We made it to August, a month many see as a pivot from the slow summer break and to the busy fall filled with school, sports, holidays and the occasional cool weather. Of course, this year is different, especially for our K–12 students. The Texas Constitution states it is the duty of the Legislature to provide an “efficient system of […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report



I t was a typical, slow, hot summer week at Lytle PD. We didn’t arrest anybody, but rest assured that if somebody needed arresting we would have done it. We responded to 48 calls for service. We had numerous property crimes reported. (1) A crook tried to cut a catalytic converter off of a 2006 Chrysler; they weren’t able to […]

Cemeteries: Discovery and designation

Historically Speaking


Hello, Atascosa County! Tuesday, Aug. 18 will mark the 207th anniversary of the Battle of Medina. Former Judge and Author Robert Thonhoff graciously volunteered his time to give us an account of the event. If you have not read it in this publication, please do so. We will not be having the annual symposium event this year, but we ask […]

U is for Unknown



We are living in uncertain times. So much around us is unknown. Will I or someone I love fall victim to this virus? What kind of long-lasting impact will it have on us? Will I have a job tomorrow? How am I going to pay my bills? Should I send my kids to school or keep them home? I’m extremely […]

Becoming Benjamin Button



On Aug. 16, I will turn 39. That great and ominous transition will happen only in a matter of days from now. Thirty-nine feels like less of a year of its own and more like a dramatic precursor. The shadow of the great “four zero” looms so mightily overhead that it eclipses the very existence of its predecessor. And as […]

Instead of No. 2 pencils, PPEs top back-to-school list

State Capital Highlights

Back-to-school lists aren’t the same this year. Gov. Greg Abbott talked last week about why the state is stockpiling personal protective equipment. “As local school boards make determinations on how and when they choose to open schools, the state is working to help ensure that there will be a strong supply of PPE waiting for them to keep students, teachers […]

Local Matters

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Whether you like Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, or not, he is still the approved U.S. government spokesman and authority on COVID-19. On Monday, Dr. Fauci, said that the default position with K-12 schools should be to reopen them stating the obvious that officials need to proceed with caution and make safety […]


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