Historically Speaking

Historical Commission member highlight: Gloria Castillo

Gloria serves our Board with dedication and a lifelong passion for Atascosa County history. She currently serves as our Historic Cemetery Researcher. Atascosa County has over 100 cemeteries in the county and each one deserves attention and care. Gloria is responsible for labeling cemeteries, deciding which cemeteries will be designated as historic and for keeping track of all cemeteries’ growth. […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet

Last week I attended an Atascosa Inter- Agency Committee meeting. A representative for “Meals on Wheels” made a presentation on the program. He informed the program is looking for partners to assist in expanding their service in Atascosa County. After the meeting, I met with him to express my interest in expanding the service in our city. We are in […]

E is for Environment

Remember the old nature versus nurture arguments? How behavior and mental health is either genetic or the environment you grew up in? Scientists argued for one side or the other. I don’t believe they are mutually exclusive. The more I research the causes of mental health disorders, the more I find they are a combination of physiological factors and environment. […]

Shoein’ Pigeye

Just count me out,” said Wilford as he lay there in the dirt, A shoein’ rasp behind his ear, a hoof print on his shirt. “I’ll handle this,” said Freddie, “You jus’ git outta the way. This sorry bag of buzzard bait has met his match today.” The horse weren’t much to look at, just the kind a trader’d buy […]

Knowing the facts about human trafficking

Human Trafficking

Knowing facts about trafficking, its many forms and who it affects can help victims. Human trafficking affects not only women and children, but also men. There are many forms of human trafficking, which include sex, labor, debt bondage, involuntary servitude and more. Individuals being trafficked are a ‘hidden’ population, causing statistics to be blurred and inconsistent. According to, 68% […]

Only the young

On Monday I turn 25, and there’s one thing on my mind: what have I done these last 25 years to make an impact on the world? I could sit here and brag about the amazing things I’ve done in my life, but what good will that do for you? We live in a day and age where young people […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet

I know a lot of our city citizens have some serious concerns about the quality of the city’s water and rightly so. I also experienced some issues with the water at my house. I knew of the citizens’ concerns and I also knew of the pending water project aimed to address their concerns. When I took office in May 2019, […]

Tales of the West

Pete’s Periodico

This year started with a trip to the western edge of Senate District 19. Our district stretches 400+ miles northwest of where I live in Pleasanton to Pecos, counting a few miles of the border with New Mexico. The West Texas tour included five events hosted by my office, plus another two hosted by other groups. We began in Ozona […]

Historically Speaking

Campfire stories: Mumme’s Well, Pan de Campo and everything in between

This week was busy for us, to say the least. We had various topics to cover and we soaked it all in. A few of us attended the Longhorn Museum’s regular meeting on Tuesday. We listened to Arthur Troell talk about the Carrizo Wilcox Aquifer. He went on in detail about the types of soil, clay and water underneath Atascosa […]

Carol’s story

Carol’s story is just another glamorous tale of a city girl who married a romantic Nebraska Sandhills rancher years ago and became a ‘vocational COW assistant’ for life. “So what exactly do you want me to do?” she asked. “Take the pickup (she didn’t learn to drive till she was 29) then go out there to the Big Pasture (the […]

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