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How can you tell if someone running for local office is qualified and will do a good job? If you are lucky, you know the candidate personally and are privy to their work ethic and qualifications. If not, a Meet the Candidate Forum is a great way to get to know your candidate better plus have the opportunity to meet […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



We are prepared to announce that the county will be sponsoring a 30- day, 1,000 shot per day drive through clinic starting Monday, April 19. The shot we planned to use was Johnson and Johnson but on Tuesday the FDA put its use on hold pending investigations on some blood clots and strokes that occurred. Until they clear it for […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings from the Mayor’s office, I was very sad to hear about the death of Pleasanton City Councilman and Pleasanton businessman, Robert Earl Wood, who passed away on Monday of this week. My brothers and I grew up with Robert Earl in this city, and we have many fond memories of him and his family. Robert Earl was one of […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



Well, the Poteet Strawberry Festival has come and gone. As a participant in the parade, I witnessed a lot of participants in the parade and many onlookers lined up along the city streets. The parade was a great success. Special thanks to the parade Grand Marshall, Stephanie Serna from San Antonio KSAT-12. Stephanie is a weekday anchor on Good Morning […]

Buy the shoes

Rebecca Raves


Imagine you are walking into Macy’s to use the bathroom. We all do it, and if you say don’t, then you’re lying. You successfully pass the fragrance and cosmetic departments, dodging the free samples and free makeovers that are shoved in your face. Now … you pass the clothing department and spot a blouse out of the corner of your […]

Awareness isn’t enough



April 17 is Autism Awareness Day. I’m going to veer off my planned path for this week to talk about autism. Next week, we’ll return to talking about creating an abundant life. Although we may not be that far off the path. What better way to create an abundant life than by spreading copious amounts of kindness and acceptance? Every […]

How did this road get here?

Historically Speaking


Hello, my fellow Atascosans! I hope everyone is enjoying this warmer weather. After February’s winter storm, I will never complain about the hot weather (well, maybe just a little). So, last Tuesday, I was privileged to present for the Longhorn Museum Society in Pleasanton. I was given the choice to speak about any history item. I chose development of county […]

Adventures in autism



Over the last several years, people have suggested that I might be autistic. Most of these comments have been made by caring individuals who are close to me, and they have done so with a sense of gentleness and compassion. The insinuations have been that I might be on the high functioning side of the autism spectrum, perhaps fitting with […]

No government mandated vaccine passports in Texas

State Capital Highlights

Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order last week banning state agencies, cities or counties from creating a “vaccine passport” requirement. In addition, organizations that receive public funds are prohibited from requiring consumers to prove they have received the COVID-19 vaccine. That includes businesses that receive money from the state in return for providing goods and services. However, nursing homes […]

Chief Priest’s Report – Lytle



Greetings from Lytle PD, Your Lytle PD officers handled 54 calls for service. It wasn’t too busy. Fortunately, the Strawberry Festival in Poteet doesn’t have much impact on us. I hear they had a huge crowd. I don’t mind a little “festival” now and then, but that event is too high-speed for me. Onto the dreaded property crimes. We work […]


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