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Today was the last planning meeting of the 2019 Merry on Main Committee. What a joy it has been to work together with this great group of community go getters and doers. The committee consists of Greg Leach, Pleasanton Parks & Rec; Larry Mross, Nest Feathers; Jacob Henson, Plestex Movie Theatre; Jessica Tom, Roving Philanthropist, Britni Van Curan, City of […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I hope everyone had a great weekend and Thanksgiving. I know I did. I am very proud the commissioners and myself donated to EMS so the people on duty could have a nice thanksgiving meal. The EMS director, Don Penny, said we have enough money to cover meals for Christmas as well. In a previous column I asked all the […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings from the Mayor’s Office, This week is a very exciting week in our city. “Merry on Main” is quickly approaching and will be here this Friday and Saturday. I would personally like to invite you and your family to attend all the activities and bring your friends, also. The Pleasanton Express will have a full schedule, so make your […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report



Hello from Lytle PD, The weekly police blotter has been posted to our website, you can find it at www.lytletx.org/police. Feel free to call me (830-709-0277) or email me (richard.priest@lytletx.org) with any questions you may have. Our call volume fell this past week to only 41 calls for service. It sure wasn’t because things were slow in town. I would […]

‘You’re gonna miss me …’

The Way I See It

Most community newspapers are surviving, but it isn’t easy. I hear about struggles on a monthly, if not weekly basis. I would like to share a letter to the editor Commerce City Mayor Wyman Williams wrote upon hearing the Commerce Journal would cease their print version. Letter to the Editor | I am saddened … at the recent Commerce Journal […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



We have entered the month of December and there are a lot of activities planned for our community. This Friday, Dec. 6, starting at 2 p.m. till 6 p.m., Santa (Paws) will be available at the Poteet Library to take pictures with pets. Then starting at 6 p.m. till 7:30 p.m., there will be a Christmas tree lighting event at […]

Hegar transfers excess revenue into rainy day, highway funds

State Capital Highlights

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar on Nov. 25 announced the transfer of $3.33 billion into the State Highway Fund and into the Economic Stabilization Fund, commonly known as the Rainy Day Fund. Each fund received more than $1.66 billion, or 50% of the total transfer. The transfer amounts are based on crude oil and natural gas production tax revenues in excess […]

The Hidden Shame



Every time the United States suffers from a school shooting or other type of mass shooting, we hear people spouting off about gun control and mental health. Tempers rise and civil discourse becomes impossible. “Take away the guns,” one side shouts. “Fix the people,” the other side responds. All this noise makes those of us who deal daily with a […]

Historically Speaking: Stay Tuned…Pt. 1

Let’s go back in time for just a moment, let’s say the early eighties. We had old kerosene lamps and old radios that ran on batteries. The women that raised me grew up during the Great Depression, so they stayed ready for emergencies. During storms and power outages, I remember how dark it would get and the kerosene lamps would […]

Christmas in Vietnam, 1970



I t was December 1970 at Nha Trang Air Base, and the officers and airmen in my Air Force Advisory Team were looking at Christmas with the emotions one might expect from young people far from home on a very special holiday. We had endured the worst of the monsoons— rain every day, often most of the day. The dry […]


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