The work starts now

Pete’s Periodical

It’s here. As of noon on January 8, 2019, the 86th Texas Legislature has begun––and we’re off to a great start. The Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick are all united and ready to work this legislative session building a better Texas. A day before the Legislature convened, Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar […]

From the Right

The recent shutdown of the U.S. Government has brought great attention to the Southern Border. President Trump shut down the government when he was unable to attain funding to secure vulnerable areas on the Southern Border. Though the shutdown affects only a fourth of the federal workforce and according to many, those affected support the President’s plan to increase border […]

Creating a safe place

The government shutdown hurts our most vulnerable people disproportionately. This isn’t a political opinion piece; it’s about creating safety for those who need it most. For 26 years, the staff, board, and donors of Safer Path Family Violence Shelter (formerly Atascosa Family Crisis Center) have moved mountains to open a shelter here in Pleasanton. Our community has given generously to […]

ACSO: It’s the Law

This column will appear every other week and the intent is to provide information and clarification of specific laws to the Citizens of Atascosa County. As County Sheriff, I’m often asked about different laws, many of them being obscure or that seldom surface. We will reach deep into the books at times to provide the meaning and intent of the […]

We the People

As we have reached the close of 2018 and have moved into 2019, it is worth reflecting on the events of this passing year in the hope that we may begin a new year with kindness, tolerance and compassion. We are currently in the middle of a Government shutdown where hundreds of thousands of federal workers have started the year […]


I had a bit of a “revelation” recently. Thinking back on all that I’ve done, I’m not proud of who I was. I won’t go into detail as to what I was or what I did, that is an article for another time. However, in this article, I would like to address something I’m pretty sure everyone knows about. This […]

Texas Press Association

The start of this new year marks the beginning of my 26th year as editor of The Canadian Record. It also…not coincidentally…marks the 26th anniversary of my father’s death. I remember the long, sad drive back from the Oklahoma City hospital where he had been taken by ambulance the day before, and where he died the next morning during a […]

CBC President Dr. Beatriz Espinoza comments on THECB’s investigation

Beginning in May 2018, Coastal Bend College (CBC) has cooperated with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s (THECB) investigation into the Nursing Shortage Reduction Program (NSRP) Grant that CBC received for the 2016 and 2017 academic years. As part of this investigation, which reached its conclusion in November 2018, the THECB allowed CBC management to respond to the THECB’s preliminary […]

Staying positive this holiday season

The Holidays should be the joyful time of the year. We all know this is not always true. Saying that, we should do things to transform the negativity of life into the positivity of life. The other day, one of my guys called me and was ticked off about his tire being ruined for the third time. The right rear […]

Atascosa County upcoming events

Seasonal High Tunnel Workshop Scheduled A seasonal High Tunnel Workshop is Scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6, at 1:30 p.m. at the Atascosa County Gillespie Leming Annex located at 25 East 5th Street, Leming, Texas 78050. The program will focus on growing under high tunnels, the advantages and disadvantages, application techniques, cost share programs for installation. 1 CEU will be offered […]

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