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Mayor’s Message – Poteet



I had a few things on my schedule last week. I held a Head of Department staff meeting on Monday in preparation for the monthly council meeting. We went over all the agenda items for clarification. Later that afternoon, I met with the Poteet Jr. High School (PJHS) principal, Mrs. Poth, to discuss the Veterans Day ceremony held at the […]

ACSO: It’s the Law



Something as simple as driving with headlights when required is not only extremely important, but apparently somewhat confusing, as well. With the foggy months coming real soon, we are often asked the question; When do I have to have my headlights turned on? In Texas, the law requires you turn your headlights on 30 minutes after sunset till 30 minutes […]

Historically Speaking

We hope you enjoy a new feature in our Historically Speaking column—Member Spotlight where each month we introduce you to the commission members who help preserve our county’s history. Eric Morrell—Part of a Rare Breed Eric has been a member of the Historical Commission since 2011. Prior to serving on the Historical Commission, Eric served 6 years in the United […]

Y is for Yee-Haw!



All the doctors, all the specialists, said the same thing. Prepare yourself. J is on the autism spectrum and may never speak. He may never grow up. My throat clogged. I had no words. Yeah, me speechless. Go figure. Pain for my daughter filled my heart. I cried for all the things I believed she would never experience. According to […]

Now we see dimly



Last week, I started a riot. Quite innocently, I posted on Facebook the opportunity to decipher a mystery. Two images were provided as clues. Both images were edits of the original picture I had taken. By analyzing the two augmentations of the real McCoy, my curious compadres were invited to put their detective skills to task in deducing what the […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



On Halloween, the city held a Halloween costume contest at the Poteet Library. There was a good turnout, a lot of children came out in cute costumes. The winners were notified via phone. We plan to do it again next year, hopefully bigger and better. We are in the last two months of the year. There will be a lot […]

Historically Speaking

Collecting Oral History...Gates Valley & Shiloh

Oral history is one of the many ways we collect historical facts. Chairman of the Atascosa County Historical Commission, Captain Martin Gonzales has embraced this facet of our endeavors to log the history of our county. This is his account of a recent visit with some longtime citizens: A few evenings ago, my wife Leigh Ann and I spent some […]

X is for Xendochy



Xendochy – (n.) an attitude of kindness to strangers X was a hard letter for me. I searched and researched and searched some more until I found a word beginning with X that would work with my series on Autism Spectrum Disorder. I almost went with Xany which according to the Merriam-Webster dictionary is an adjective meaning wild or overly […]

Light and Death



Life is a vapor. We are reminded of this each holiday season by the vacant chairs that once held loved ones and by the dwindling guest lists for our festivities. It’s the hallmark of sane and sympathetic people to miss those they are separated from, and it is the watermark of wisdom to celebrate what was bright, noble, and pure […]

It can happen to anyone



Domestic Violence Awareness Month ends Thursday, however, the awareness does not end there. We are surrounded every day by both women and men who are enduring situations in which they feel they cannot leave, or if they try to leave, the other person will do something to harm them, themselves or loved ones. I know two people, a man and […]


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