Social media detox

Local Matters

I unintentionally experienced a social media detox over Memorial Day weekend. My husband and I went to my sister-in-law’s lake cabin in Corsicana and the internet connection was very weak. Additionally, I could not make a phone call that did not fail. Being a newspaper owner and publisher, I am connected literally to my phone day and night. I give […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

As the 2021 budget season arrives, I wanted citizens to know I have been a fiscal conservative all of my adult life. I manage my personal finances very carefully and have always maintained an excellent credit record, even during tough times. When running the NAPA Houston region in the 80s, I doubled the sales in 10 years and tripled the […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

Greetings from the Mayor’s office: Wanted to bring you up to date this week concerning the building project continuing at our Longhorn Museum. The “Windmill Project” has had some rain delays, but we expect it to be completed some time in July. The building will house a collection of antique windmills donated to the city by Jim Collums of Poteet. […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet

It is unfortunate that the most important topic for everyone is the effect the pandemic virus has on us. Right before the school spring break started was the onset of the pandemic in our area. No one ever thought our lives were going to be affected so drastically. All our lives have been affected in one way or another, some […]

Mayor’s Message – Charlotte

I want to share a few updates about what’s going on in the City of Charlotte right now. We are currently working on the splash pad at Davenport Park. Water was coming off of the pad causing still water to collect around it. We were concerned about the safety of the children, so the city is currently installing concrete and […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report

Greetings 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. Last week was fairly uneventful, and we like it that way. Our officers handled 48 calls for service. We didn’t make […]

Is it summertime yet?

Historically Speaking

Hello Atascosa County! You’ve all heard the saying about Memorial Day being the unofficial start of summer. It sure does feel like summer, but unfortunately it is still officially spring. We talk about summer and the heat and I can’t help but gravitate towards ice cream, cold desserts, confections, homemade dairy goods, and we can’t omit barbecue (or bbq for […]


No one sabotages your life more than you do. If you spend much time at all on this rock we call Earth, you will eventually become the victim of both abuse and neglect from those around you. True as that may be, the deeper truth is that we are all our own worst enemies. That childhood dream that you gave […]

A beautiful day

Local Matters

What a beautiful day it is! I have spent the greater part of this week talking to Mayors and business owners about Gov. Abbott’s Phase II to reopen Texas. I simply love to talk to Texans about good news. There are folks who just flick the negative off their shoulders and plow forward with the positive. These are my kind […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Atascosa County Judge

I am sorry I keep writing about COVID-19 related items, but if you grow weary of hearing about it, you should know I am, too. The loss in revenue to the county (and it will affect our cities) because of the loss of sales tax revenue is significant and creates uncertainty in projecting our budget needs. I had an unprecedented […]

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