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Voting For mayors, city council and school board members matters, too

Local Matters


Two year commitment. Lifelong impact. Serving as an elected local official is most likely the most demanding but rewarding position a citizen can perform. The time is now for local citizens to file for mayoral, city council and school board positions in Pleasanton and Poteet. It is also the time for locals to be studying carefully who they will vote […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



If you did not read last week’s column, I am working on an idea to develop a drive-thru regional vaccination site for Atascosa County. It would take place at the Strawberry Festival Grounds who have been most gracious to offer their property. The response has been so gratifying. The Coastal Bend Nursing program called and offered their students to help […]

Be intuitive, save the Verdi oak trees

Rebecca Raves


Recently, I’ve become very in touch with my spiritual side and more intuitive to the things around me. It doesn’t take long for me to know there is an energy or presence around me, good or bad. I’ve always been this way, but when I was a little kid, it would freak me out. As I got older and deeper […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: I have had a lot of positive comments about the sidewalks going in on Bensdale Street and I am pleased to see this happen. They will extend from the Primary School all the way down to our city park. I remember attending the Junior High on Main Street in the early 60s and walking to […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



It is that time again. As per the Elections Division of the Office of the Texas Secretary of State, May 1, 2021, Election Law Calendar, Jan. 13, 2021, was the first day to file an application for a place on the ballot or a declaration of write-in candidacy. Anyone who wishes to run for the City of Poteet mayor, council […]

Historically Speaking

Sand Branch, the King’s Highway and the Brite-Navarro Cemetery


Hello, Atascosa County! I hope everyone’s 2021 is satisfactory. As the days go by, I notice that the Valentine’s Day propaganda dresses the aisles at the stores. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Valentine’s Day as I will be featuring a story for Valentine’s Day. It just seems that the year is starting to get ahead of itself […]

Sudden loss and sincere friendship



Years ago, my younger brother and I flew to Canada to visit our grandparents. We both knew that our grandpa’s health was declining, and we wanted to spend some quality time with him and our grandma before things took a turn for the worse. One day, during our visit, we were sitting at the dining room table, enjoying a savory […]

Creating an abundant life



COVID, COVID, COVID … seems like that’s all anyone ever talks about— besides politics and I’m not going there. For months now, we’ve had to deal with a constant invisible threat. A threat that we can’t see and don’t know how to deal with. A threat of not only a potentially life-threatening illness but the threat of job loss, death […]

Observers welcome quiet opening to Legislature

State Capital Highlights

The Texas Legislature opened quietly, which delighted everyone after the violence inside the U.S. Capitol the previous week. At the Texas State Capitol, a variety of legislative agendas took center stage at the start of the 87th session, which will run 140 days. Gov. Greg Abbott’s goals include ensuring Texans have access to high-quality healthcare, improving public safety, getting Texans […]

Lessons learned in the show ring



While threats of a civil unrest in all 50 states blasts from every news channel, there is a hope for the future happening at the 2021 Atascosa County Livestock Show. Showing livestock and growing up around stock shows is an impactful and lifechanging experience for youth. Showing livestock leaves a child with valuable lessons and lifetime memories. At the ACLS, […]


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