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“Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you have never lost.” I sat next to a showmanship judge at the Atascosa County Livestock Show. I asked him what he looks for in a showmanship winner. He said, eye contact with the judge is important, but the emphasis should be on making the animal appear like an athlete. He said how […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I received a request from a citizen to review an article on voting machines. It said that many new machines had wireless modems in them to transmit results back to the election office. Our new election vendor was listed. So, I questioned them about this and received an absolute statement that confirmed there are no transmission devices in any of […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings from the Mayor’s Office, I was very surprised this past week when reading a column in the Pleasanton Express written by Warren Domke. In working with the media for some 30 years or so, one thing I learned… if you’re going to say something or print something that is put out to the public, make sure it is factual […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



We are already in the third week of January. Thus far we have had a mild winter. However, we still have a few weeks left of old man winter. Please use caution in heating your homes, especially with gas heaters. These past few days were a little warm and most people turn off the gas heater pilots and then have […]

Historically Speaking: Gates Valley Community

When you speak to an Atascosa County citizen that is alive, they will not remember Gates Valley Community. Matter of fact, the Community thrived in the mid to late 1800’s. The location of the community has been under a lot of debate. Some text says that Gates Valley Community was located around West Gates Valley Road, west of Highway 16. […]

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. Here is your quick look at Lytle PD activity over the past week. Be glad you are able to read it. If you were […]

Governor requests presidential disaster declaration

State Capital Highlights

Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 13 asked for a presidential disaster declaration for three counties that sustained widespread damage attributed to severe thunderstorms, straight-line winds, hail and tornadoes. The stormy weather on Oct. 20-21 hit Cameron, Dallas and Erath counties. Abbott’s request includes public assistance and hazard mitigation. “The State of Texas is committed to ensuring the people of Cameron, […]

Peaches, Potties and Powerful Kings



Most obese people are full of it, and they don’t even know it. Let me explain. Though it is true that obese people tend to be full of excuses on why they are unable to lose weight, what I discovered in my own weight loss journey was that they are even fuller of misinformation about healthy weight loss… that, and […]

The young and their potential



A t the tender age of 6 I made a transition from a big city, Chicago, to a small town, Montrose, Colorado. Montrose has grown considerably since I lived there, but—in many ways—it is typical of Small Town America. It is the county seat for Montrose County, a sprawling county that takes up much of the southwestern part of the […]

Letter to the Editor



I have seen this post done by many different service dog teams, and because of the amount of damage it is doing to the service dog community, along with amount of misinformation it brings with it, I believe it is my turn to bring the matter to attention as well! The new Netflix show, “The Healing Powers of Dude,” showcases […]


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