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Our friend, the legendary Sue Calberg, dropped by the Pleasanton Express for a visit. Sue Calberg recently was honored as a news journalist for 20 years at KENS. Since 1980, Sue, a San Antonio native, has been seeking out the overlooked and unusual in south Texas and sharing these important stories in a homespun – and hardhitting when it’s called […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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We have been praying for rain. This county is desperately dry. That is why I issued an emergency declaration restricting fireworks in this county, and the Atascosa Commissioner’s Court approved and extended it to July 13. Some of the language is: A.) A person may not sell, detonate, ignite, or in any way use fireworks classified as “skyrockets with sticks” […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

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I hope everybody is having a great week. Last month was our first month to go to one meeting. It seems to be working well as our staff can focus on other projects. At the upcoming July meeting, we’ll have a budget workshop and public hearing. This meeting is for the council to give input on the draft budget working […]

The Fourth of July approaches

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Historically Speaking


Hello my fellow Americans! As July the 4th approaches, I can’t help but revel in the history that unfolds in this country recently. The current events continue to change rapidly, so it seems. I however, will not open the discussion of a recent historical decision; that is not the type of history I want to cover right now. If you […]

Hallelujah, it’s raining

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Rebecca Raves

A s I’m writing this column late on a Tuesday afternoon in my office, I am hearing the sweet, rumbling sounds of thunder roll in the dark sky above me. Oh how I have missed that beautiful sound! The last time we had a good rain in Atascosa County, that I can find record of through my Rebecca Raves column, […]

Abortion officially illegal in Texas

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The U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe vs. Wade effectively ends all legal abortions in Texas within the next 30 days, many news media outlets reported. “Planned Parenthood and Whole Woman’s Health, with clinics across Texas, stopped performing abortions following Friday’s decision, due to uncertainty about how the ruling will affect the state’s trigger law and a long-standing ban on […]

Uh-oh, here we go

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Independence—what does it mean? I’m sure everyone would agree with the dictionary definition. At least, that’s what I thought until I looked in the dictionary. Did you know there are sixteen different entries and sub-entries in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for ‘independent?’ They defined independence as the quality or state of being independent. Not very helpful. So I dug deeper and […]

Chief Priest’s Report – Lytle

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Greetings from Lytle PD, It was another busy week. Officers managed 72 calls for service and conducted 130 traffic stops. Those traffic stops resulted in 112 citations and 18 warnings. Officers took reports of four property crimes: A pawn shop employee reported that a customer took his iPhone 13 Pro Max phone valued at $1,100. The phone was sitting on […]

If the boot fits… The search is on for Cowboy of the Year

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The search is on for the Cowboy of the Year and the South Texas Hall of Fame Cowboys! Who is that cowboy you know and love who deserves this honor? The 56th Young Farmers’ Open Rodeo and Festival will present The Cowboy of the Year and the South Texas Hall of Fame winners Friday night, Aug. 19, 2022. Daryl Ashley, […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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We are working very hard to transition the Atascosa Public Defender’s Office from management by TRLA (Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid) to a stand-alone office covering our four counties (Frio, Karnes, Wilson and Atascosa). I will be traveling to Frio and Karnes to make the presentation to their Commissioner’s Courts. Wilson and Atascosa have already passed all of the necessary […]


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