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Local Matters

My husband shared a video by John Krasinski from the Office where he premiered Some Good News (SGN). I was in the middle of hectic work schedule and did not take time to watch it until late Monday. What sweetness. So sweet that it made me break down and cry at the goodness in this world. In one day, SGN […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I want everyone in Atascosa County to know that we continue to focus most of my offices’ efforts on protecting you. I meet with our EMS Director and Emergency Manager every day. We review all pending tests and existing positive tests (still two as of this writing) and any self–quarantines. We are working every day to bring in supplies such […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Editor’s Note: The following column was written before Gov. Abbott’s updated Executive Order on March 31 at 2 p.m. Per the Governor’s Executive Order effective 12:01 a.m. on April 2 through April 30, all tattoo studios, piercing studios and cosmetology studios are to be closed. Greetings from the Mayor’s office: I hope that this column finds you in good health and good […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



On March 23, 2020, the Poteet City Council held a special meeting where all council members were present. The meeting was broadcast live on Facebook. During the meeting, council approved an amendment and extension to my initial Mayoral Declaration of a Local State of Disaster and Public Health Emergency issued on March 16, 2020. The amended declaration limits the size […]

Good disguised by grief



I have always been a morning person. To me, mornings are so peaceful; quite frankly, I feel like it is the time of day that I feel closest to God. This past week, I went for my morning run around 9:30 a.m., a little later than normal. To say the least, it was the most fun morning workout I have […]

Historically Speaking

April showers bring May flowers?

It’s April and we cannot wait until May for the flowers, but we’ll take our strawberries right now! Matter of fact, my family couldn’t wait and we got our berries last weekend. There are a lot of Strawberry farmers out there selling and I’m guilty enough to admit that I’ve tried a few different batches, even some from the Pleasanton/ […]

White House grants disaster declaration for state of Texas

State Capital Highlights

President Trump on March 25 issued a major disaster declaration for the state of Texas as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trump’s action came at the request of Gov. Greg Abbott, who is seeking additional federal assistance to combat the disease. In recent days Abbott issued multiple waivers of state laws to remove barriers limiting the response to the […]

Good news and great baths



Our world is starving for good news. As I write this, it’s just past 1 a.m. on Tuesday morning, and I just finished watching John Krasinski’s debut video for his new YouTube series. In our seemingly apocalyptic landscape that seems dominated by doomsday heralds, John delivers a much needed breath of fresh air. Devoted entirely to broadcasting good news, Krasinski’s […]

J is for Junk Food



Ice cream. Chocolate syrup. Frosted Flakes and Captain Crunch. Ruffles and ranch dip. All followed by slice after slice of buttered bread. Not only was I horrible to my body, I wasn’t helping my anxiety or depression either. I know when I eat poorly; it increases the inflammation in my body which raises the chronic pain which adds to not […]

A new path

We were born into the world when 9/11 occurred, and now we are going to graduate in a pandemic. I sit here on my couch, kind of laid back as the world around me moves on, but not really. I think about everything I’ll be missing out on and tears well up. This was supposed to be our year, a […]


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