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Heroes save the day

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Last Thursday, I was on the phone with Poteet Strawberry Winery owner, Jim Collums, while at the Pleasanton Express. He asked me to cover his Windmill presentation to the Pleasanton Rotary Club at the Longhorn Museum that night. I walk when I talk and I approached our front door and saw myriad law enforcement agencies pull into City Hall in […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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The Medical Examiner Transport program I reported here as being started is now in full swing. Our team, led by Bob Hunt, has hauled over 12 bodies to be autopsied at the nearest medical examiner. This is filling a real need. We are also covering for Wilson, Karnes, McMullen and Frio counties. Even better news is that we are doing […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

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Last week we had an incident at City Hall that lasted about 10 hours. Our police department, fire department and public works were the main players. When we have an event like this, there is no planning involved. These are times when training kicks in. It is so important that our first responders have regular training. It’s also important to […]

Como se dice?

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Good day, Atascosa County! So, with Hispanic Heritage Month happening between today and October 15, I will be bringing this column to you in a slightly different format. The first part of it will be in English as we speak it today, the second part will be in Spanish as this part of the world was under Spanish/Mexican occupation for […]

What if … ?

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Lately, I have been spending a lot of time thinking what if … ? Matthew West’s song, ‘What If,’ comes to mind as I write this column: “What if today’s the only day I got? I don’t wanna waste it if it’s my last shot. No regrets, in the end. I wanna know I got no what ifs.” This past […]

Ultimate 80’s Throwback

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“Operator, please connect me with 1982 …” – Randy Travis As The Pleasanton Express hits the stands this Wednesday, there are only 17 days until The Ultimate 80’s Throwback Party at the Pleasanton River Park. Consider this column your pre-party planning guide. There’s a saying that if you keep your old clothes long enough, they’ll come back into style someday. […]

American Legion Post 436

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Twenty years ago on Sept. 11, 2001, our country was a victim of a horrendous, cowardly attack, an act of war. Since 9/11/01, our lives as American citizens living not only in the U.S., but everywhere in the world, has not been the same. That terrorist attack changed the way ALL Americans live their day-today lives, how we feel about […]

The mother’s curse

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We can all agree raising children is challenging. You never know what they might say or do. One day, I had one of those challenging days. I drove Grandma to the store for her weekly shopping. My 4-yearold daughter accompanied us. She pitched a walleyed temper fit because I said no. I told Miss Priss if she didn’t straighten up […]

Never Forget

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“Never Forget” was the promise we made 20 years ago on September 11, 2001. I will never forget walking into the 9/11 Memorial & Museum in New York City. The Museum stands on the same space that the Twin Towers used to stand before that fateful day 20 years ago this Saturday. The Museum is a must if you are […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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Our drive-through clinic last Friday was not very well attended. We did give 41 Pfizer shots and will come back in four weeks and do another for those 41. I am hoping that we will have clearance to start giving boosters at that time. We are diligent about continuing to get everyone vaccinated that we can. We are getting ready […]


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