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The Way I See It

When August rolls around, I’m almost sad I don’t have kids in school anymore. Almost. Looking at parents buying school supplies – copious amounts of tissues, plastic storage bags, paper and pens, not to mention the clothes shopping – brings me back to realizing those old memories are maybe not so enjoyable. Even the years that I didn’t have to […]

Local Matters



Beginning next week, the Pleasanton Express will be expanding our Op-Ed page to include the Atascosa Republican Chairperson, Marianne Knowlton, and Atascosa Democratic Chairperson, Julie Hilberg. The goal of this new feature in the Pleasanton Express is to give an equal voice to both local political parties in an effort to help educate, inform, and motivate the 26,000 registered voters […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



Many folks (and I used to as well) think the County Judge spends the workdays running the county. Yes, the County Judge has a lot of influence in county operations. But most of the departments either answer to an elected official (who does not work for me) or commissioner’s court which I preside over but manages by plurality. And, what […]

Mayor’s Message



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: This week, I thought I would visit with you about two very important subjects: city street reconstruction and the park renovation project. Our Street Improvement Recostruction program continues and those streets designated in this next budget year include Reed St. and Live Oak St. at a cost of $1,240,579.67. D&D Contractors will continue to do […]

Hurricane Harvey-affected campuses receive special evaluations

State Capitol Highlights

Some 109 independent school districts and charters directly affected by Hurricane Harvey are eligible for special evaluation in this year’s state accountability system, the Texas Education Agency announced on Aug. 1. Based on data reported to the agency during the past school year, the affected districts and charters encompass some 1,188 eligible campuses. Among the submitted data are the numbers […]

Celebrating life and lives



As I grow older it occurs to me that my life span in this world is limited. I have had many friends and family members who are no longer with us. Like other people I had four grandparents. One grandmother died two years before I was born. Emilie Moltzan Domke was my paternal grandmother, born in Warsaw, but—like my grandfather—ethnic […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report



The weekly police blotter has been posted to our website, you can find it at www.lytletx.org/police. Feel free to email or contact me if you have any questions. richard.priest@lytletx.org Our officers responded to / or generated a total 61 service calls this past week. Our call numbers have been “trending” up lately, I’m not sure why. L.P.D. officers conducted 31 […]

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor— I know this newspaper would not want to toot its own horn, but it would mean a great deal to me and the “Stop Forced Annexation in Atascosa County” team if you would allow us to do it for you. What began as an assumed dismissal of our mission through an unfortunate technical glitch, turned out to be […]

Local Matters



What an exciting week in Atascosa County. Two local residents, Peter Flores, Republican, Pleasanton and Charlie Urbina Jones, Democrat ran for the Texas State Senate Seat vacated by Carlos Uresti. With 100 percent of precincts reporting as of Tuesday at 10:00 p.m. Flores received 34%, Gallego 29% and Guitierrez, 24%. No one else received more than 3%. Pleasanton resident Flores […]

Mayor’s Message



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: This past week I had the opportunity to attend the Texas Municipal League’s Conference for newly elected mayors. It was held in Waco and I certainly came back with some valuable information. After working for a state agency for some 26 plus years, I have learned that “you never know which way the wind blows […]


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