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Get out to the polls

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The November 2021 Special Election is underway with Early Voting happening now through Friday, Oct. 29, and while this isn’t as big of an election year as the 2020 Election, it is still just as important. As usual, the Pleasanton Express has published a Voter’s Information Guide with information about this year’s candidates for Jourdanton and Christine City Council and […]

Remember the restaurants

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Historically Speaking


Greetings, folks! I hope this column finds you healthy and happy. As Hispanic Heritage Month comes to a close nationwide, for us it never really does. I’ve spoken before about the diverse melting pot that our county is and our history just blends together beautifully. You can walk into any Atascosa County restaurant and see this same blended, cultural and […]

Black hole

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Last week I received the best news a wife could receive—Darlin’ is cancer-free, and the doctors see no signs that it will recur. I should be on cloud nine right now. Instead I’m hiding behind my “happy mask” while my emotions are being swallowed by the black hole of depression. Don’t get me wrong. I am extremely grateful my husband […]

No Re-Greta on Climate Change

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The content of this column is for entertainment purposes only. The opinions expressed should not be construed as being for or against any politically-charged topic referred to herein. Just trying to be funny, y’all … Nevermind the solstices; this is Texas. Our seasons are judged by the number of days you don’t have to run the air conditioner. If we […]

You matter

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Shifting our focus back to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I want to talk a bit about a different version of domestic violence that many don’t consider to be “violence” … mental and emotional abuse. This past weekend, I began watching the limited series on Netflix titled “Maid.” It follows the story of Alex, a young single mom who turns to […]

A moment of reflection

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Greetings, Atascosa County. This week, I find myself in a state of reflection. As we approach the two-year mark since the dreaded COVID-19 virus changed our lives, it seems like a bad dream. We saw some light and what appeared to be the end, you know, the return to normalcy. Then in a flash, we were back and although some […]

A boy and his bike

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I’m pretty sure it was front-page news in the Pleasanton Express sometime around the spring of 1977. I was 11 years old at the time. There wasn’t a whole lot happening in Pleasanton then, so if it wasn’t on the front page, it sure should have been. The CBS Evening News reported on it, so it HAD to be a […]

A thief in the night

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I woke up this morning to my nemesis, Depression, banging on my front door. I slammed that door in his face and started piling furniture across the opening. Unfortunately, while I was guarding the front door, his partner, Anxiety, snuck around to the back, climbed in a window and stole my peace of mind. A little anxiety in your life […]

Thanks for the memories, Amanda

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FREE Rebecca Raves


I am writing with a sad heart this week. A sweet friend of mine and former coworker, Amanda Zepeda, passed away last Wednesday, Sept. 29. I woke up to a message from my sister Andrea with the news and didn’t know what to think, what to say or how to feel. I was just … still. I put my phone […]

Exile

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Happy Halloween season, Atascosa County! Well, it isn’t Halloween yet, but it’s the season to get ready for Halloween and all that fun stuff. In this family, the spooky stuff starts Oct. 1. With my wife being a baker, the creations around here are unpredictable. One thing comes to mind when October arrives—ghost stories. In my position, people have approached […]


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