Atascosa County Judge’s Report

The second installment about Juvenile Court is about the process. Obviously when a juvenile breaks the law, there is a different method and set of laws about their adjudication. The interesting thing is that TJJD (Texas Juvenile Justice Department) and the Juvenile Laws of Texas are designed to hold the juvenile responsible for their actions, but also to be very […]

Talent among us

The Way I See It

Area schools have been/will be performing their Winter/Christmas concerts this month. I had the pleasure to hear the Pleasanton High School Jazz Band once again. I missed out on the full band’s concert last week, so I am glad I made it to the jazz one. Some of the these kids I’ve known since they were babies (Robert Rutherford and […]

The World War II veterans we know…

The recent passing of President George H.W. Bush reminds us of our dwindling number of World War II veterans, the men and women who served so many decades ago who survived to tell about it. Mr. Bush was the last World War II veteran to serve as president. There were several World War II veterans in my family. One aunt […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report

Lytle Police Chief

Last week, we had all kinds of interesting stuff and crime to report. This week not so much. We only had 40 calls for service and conducted 20 traffic stops. Christmas is the time of giving and it looks like our staff was giving warnings. This week, warnings beat out citations 12 to eight. Here is what went on last […]

Local Matters


Christmas is magical for making lasting memories. Some of my strongest childhood memories are from Christmas. My grandmother’s divinity candy. My cousins, the Barton boys, who came to our small town with their big city Houston ways and made all the local girls swoon. Flipping through the Sears catalog and circling what I wanted Santa to bring me. Christmas caroling […]

Texas, nation mourn death of former president

Gov. Greg Abbott on Dec. 3 proclaimed Dec. 5 as an official day of mourning across the Lone Star State in honor of former President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, who died in Houston on Nov. 30. In the proclamation, Abbott encouraged Texans to “gather, assemble and pay their respects to the memory of George […]

Mayor’s Message

Greetings from the Mayor’s office: This week, we should have dry weather which will give the city park construction workers a chance to “catch up” and allow the park to dry out a bit. I understand the Splash Pad is near completion and should be finished by Jan. 1. And speaking of good weather, looks like “Merry on Main” will […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

I want to do a column series on County Juvenile over the next few weeks. My first subject is the Juvenile Detention Center, which was built by the County in 2000, 18 ago. When it was built, it addressed a major need for Atascosa and the surrounding counties. It also made it very convenient for our county to have the […]

Christmas traditions – new and old

While decorating this past week, I started thinking about our traditions we have adopted and abandoned throughout the years. Some require certain decorations, some are food and treats and others are what we do or where we go. For me, as a child and beyond, going to my Nana and Papa’s for Christmas Eve was more fun than Christmas morning […]

Space—our greatest frontier…

As a child of the 1950s, I was a fan of space travel almost from the time I could first read the comic strips. And plenty of those were about space. There was Buck Rogers, Flash Gordon, Brick Bradford and even Alley Oop got in the act at times. (Seriously!) And there were space movies. “It Came from Outer Space,” […]

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