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Candidate Forum Jan. 27

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Local Matters


I cannot encourage our community enough to please attend the upcoming Candidate Forum, Jan. 27 at the Pleasanton Civic Center. Know who you are voting for in the March 2022 Primary. Atascosa County, we need to get our voting numbers up. The turnout for our elections is embarrassing. We are so much better than the numbers that show up at […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

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A s we start the new year, elections are upon us. Filing to run for City Council Districts 1, 2 and 3 opens today, Jan. 19, and closes on Feb. 18. Last week, the council had a special session to consider redistricting. The council district map presented pushed one of the current council members outside of their district. Because of […]

Hard work doesn’t go unnoticed

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Rebecca Raves


The Pleasanton Express has been busy since the start of 2022 bringing you the biggest news and event coverage across Atascosa and McMullen Counties. We have been working nonstop to provide you with the most accurate information and telling the hidden stories of our community. Last week, our amazing, dedicated and hardworking Publisher/Managing Editor, Noel Wilkerson Holmes, was out covering […]

That not-so-fuzzy feeling

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Historically Speaking


Last week, I wrote about the coincidence of history. This week will not be a coincidence. You know how I’ve talked about history not being comfortable at times? If you are a dedicated reader to this column, you know that. You know that sometimes history can be uncomfortable, cringy and uneasy. That’s OK, because that means it will get your […]

Not ready for daytime TV

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As Near As I Can Tell


“Like sands through the hourglass, so too are the days of our lives … ” Y ou ever get the feeling like your life is a soap opera? I do, or at least I have lately. It’s been pretty crazy around here. Like most people, I have an “acceptable level of crazy” that I’m willing to put up with. And, […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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I understand some county election year candidates were asked about economic development, and tax abatements were mentioned. I have, in this column, gone on record that I do not support tax abatements. In the 90s, I served as Vice President and Treasurer of “Atascosa County Economic Development Corporation,” which brought several companies (manufacturers) into Atascosa County totaling around 250 employees, […]

From the Public Works Coordinator

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This week I will discuss the topic of street construction to include pothole repair. The Streets Department, a more-than-capable crew led by Streets Superintendent Juan Delgado, has come a long way in the past three-plus years. Most of the street construction was outsourced before then, but Juan, an experienced street construction expert, arrived and taught an inexperienced crew how to […]

Dozens of school districts close due to COVID-19 outbreaks

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State Capital Highlights


Several dozen school districts across the state were forced to close last week due to the Omicron variant of COVID-19 sending home students, staff and teachers. Most school districts planned to reopen on Tuesday following the MLK holiday. “Every superintendent wants to be able to have kids in the classroom and teachers in the classroom … but you get to […]

Christi Rankin, a bright light of a leader

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Local Matters

You meet people along your way in life that just make it a little brighter. Christi Rankin was that person. She was a natural born leader—bright, brainy, dynamic, easy to be around and fun. She was a magnificent mother who raised three strong and vibrant young women. She and her husband, Allen, were college sweethearts who recently happily celebrated 28 […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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I need to discuss what I hope is the last gasp of COVID-19 in our county. Just when we hoped the Delta variant was over, Omicron has surged up massively, much larger, much more infectious and contagious. Here are some seven-day numbers as of Jan. 11, 2022: Positive tests (452), case rate per 100,000 (883.62), percent positivity (30.66), deaths (no […]


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