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Archeological Fair-a glimpse into our past Our history is our cultural DNA…and our history is in more than buildings, old photographs and written documents.  The field of anthropology studies cultural behavior and the evolution of a people.  When we dig deeper into the past, the field is called archeology.  Like Indiana Jones, archeologists take back layers of earth to discover […]

Local Matters



There are so many wonderful gifts that come from working at a family-owned newspaper. But, the best part is the people you meet and the stories you are gifted to tell. Two of our favorite 52-week a year advertisers happen to be non-profits by the names of Safer Path and CASA of South Texas. These two organizatons do so much […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



A rumor that some Commissioners and I keep hearing is that when we considered the budget of the Juvenile is this, “They are thinking about closing it and releasing all of those errant juveniles into the community leaving the community unprotected.” Wherever that came from is a giant load of “bull.” First, we rarely have more than four to six […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



This past week was full of activity. On Monday I attended a presentation in Pleasanton where U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar presented a $450,000.00 grant to Safer Path Family Violence Shelter to assist their clients to transition from the center to their own living quarters. The grant will help pay 30 clients’ rent for six months plus other support. On Tuesday, […]

Joke’s on you



This past weekend, I watched “Joker.” I waited for all of the action involving Joker driving in a high-speed chase in the Batmobile. I was wrong, yet not disappointed. I quickly realized it was not at all a fast action comedy about the Joker we’ve all come to know in the DC Comics world. Instead, the movie focused on mental […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: We announced at the last council meeting that the city has signed an agreement with the Air Force allowing them to begin touch and go operations at our airport. Been working on this for some time now and closed the deal recently with Joint Base Randolph San Antonio. Naval pilots have been doing touch and […]

Losing a fur baby

The Way See It

I f you have ever owned a pet – or maybe I should say been owned by a pet – you most likely had to make the difficult decision to euthanize them. Last week we said goodbye to our 14-year-old CeCe. She was the sweetest Bichon Frise ever! Though I was only around her for six months, she wormed her […]

Abbott puts Bush in charge of disaster mitigation effort

State Capital Highlights

A plan is afoot for large-scale, regional projects to improve the state’s resilience to hurricanes and other natural disasters, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Oct. 4. Abbott tapped Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush to lead the federally funded $4 billion plus “comprehensive mitigation” effort. Funding will come from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under a community development […]

Skeletor and scandalous grace



When I was just a wee sasquatch of a boy, I used to hold Skeletor like a swaddled baby, rocking him gently to sleep. I have no recollection of this, but this happens to be one of the treasured memories one of my Canadian aunts has of me. For those of you not up to par on your “Masters of […]

National Parks—a national treasure



I don’t remember which national park was the first one I visited, but it was probably Yellowstone Park, and I was about nine or ten years old when my parents, sister and I made that visit. On the same trip we visited Mount Rushmore. I have been back to Yellowstone since. Of course, living in Colorado and New Mexico we […]


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