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Proposed estate tax law changes hit farms hard

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The Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M ran the numbers. What it found was that two proposals in Congress to change current estate tax law would hit family farmers extremely hard. The Sensible Taxation and Equity Promotion Act or STEP Act proposes to eliminate stepped-up basis upon death of the owner. The For the 99.5 Percent Act (99.5% […]

Crisis intervention

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In this week’s column, I would like to discuss crisis interventions as it relates to substance abuse. I find this topic to be important. After all, most of my career has been centered around crisis intervention with the Expanded Mobile Crisis Outreach Team (EMCOT). This includes responding to clients at the site of crisis usually with community partners to collaborate […]

Welcome, Gabriella Ruiz

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Rebecca Raves


I ’m so excited to announce that the Pleasanton Express has hired a summer intern through the South Texas Press Association to report on summer news, features and events in Atascosa County. Gabriella Ruiz, is a 20-year-old local Atascosa County resident who grew up in Charlotte and graduated in 2019. Gabi just finished her sophomore year at Texas A&M University […]

Lee Harvey Oswald in Pleasanton?

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Historically Speaking


Hello, Atascosa County! I received a lot of positive feedback from last week’s article about Johnny Horton. I run into a lot of Rock ‘n’ Roll history and this may be a special topic I will highlight in the future. I prefer to write about Atascosa County history, but occasionally I will step out of the box, so to speak. […]

Substance-Induced Psychosis

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One-Eighty Service Coordinator

A ccording to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA), Substance abuse is defined as any use of an illicit intoxicant, any use of prescription medication outside the direction of a doctor, or excessive use of legal substances such as alcohol. Typically, when an individual experiences psychosis, it is linked to two mental health conditions, bipolar disorder and […]

The tragedy of John LaGale Horton

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Historically Speaking


Hello, Atascosa County! I hope this column finds you well. This week I will talk about a favorite subject of mine, music history. I’ve been a history enthusiast all of my life, but for some reason, the curiosity of music and behind the scenes happenings in the music business has caught my attention from an early age. I recall reading […]

Extra, extra!

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FREE Rebecca Raves


As a kid, I loved reading the newspaper. If I’m being honest, I loved looking at the cartoons in the San Antonio Express- News or at the pictures in the Pleasanton Express. Regardless, I loved having the paper in my hand just like my grandpa and dad. As I grew up and began my first job at a local convenience […]

Recovery

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One-Eighty Service Coordinator

Recovery is a neverending journey that encompasses a multitude of twists, turns, obstacles and hurdles. Recovery includes abstaining from drugs and alcohol, while maintaining sobriety through life changes. While there are multiple definitions when describing recovery, The Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration defines recovery as “A process of change through which individuals improve their health and wellness, live a […]


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