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Our veterans

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Historically Speaking


Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day. I won’t enlighten you on the history of it this time. I will let you go to your Google machine and do your own research for that one. Instead, I will get a little indepth with what Veteran’s Day means to me and my family. A few weeks ago, I went to H-E-B for the hunt […]

‘Tis the season

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Rebecca Raves


It’s hard to miss the holiday season, especially when stores have been filled with Christmas decorations since before Halloween was even here. I, like the few, am one of those who deco-rate for Christmas after Thanksgiving. You do you … I do me. This time of year tends to make me sad, and I know I am not the only […]

Letter to the Editor: Caroline George

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This letter addresses the censure by the ACRP CEC of Chairman Wayne Vaughn. One of the points in the censure was Chairman Vaughn entered into an agreement with the Democratic Party to host an event (Feast of Thanksgiving) without ACRP CEC approval. Chairman Vaughn contends he entered into the agreement as an individual without representing the ACRP. Therefore, he did […]

Baby goats, laundry and the songs we love

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As Near As I Can Tell


My brother says, “There ain’t nuthin’ cuter than a baby goat.” My wife and I raise goats on our small farm, and I really can’t disagree. Recently, our nannies have started kidding, but they’re not trying to be funny. There’s really nothing funny about it. It’s been a bad week for goat teats. We have babies that can’t nurse because […]

Customs and traditions—historically significant

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Well, another Día de los Muertos has passed and, as a historian, I am extremely happy to see as many traditional as well as commercial celebrations of this very important event take place within our county. We applaud the school teachers who introduced the significance of the day to the very young, and the community who took the initiative to […]

Swamps and runways

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Swamps, runways, deserts, and mountains. Days filled with “hurry up and wait.” Getting called to duty, issued live ammunition, and placed on an aircraft to await deployment, only to be told to stand down after many adrenaline-filled hours or even days. Such is a soldier’s life. Armistice Day originally celebrated the end of the war to end all wars— World […]

Ofrenda exhibit hindsight

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Historically Speaking


Hello, Atascosa County! I hope November finds us all well and healthy. I have been receiving reminders from Facebook daily about our memories and boy do we have a lot to be thankful for. This time last year, it was election time and COVID had a tight grip on this family. I will 100% tell you that I never want […]

Oops!

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I am dedicating this week’s column to all those cooks fixing their first Thanksgiving dinners. The mere mention of Thanksgiving produces happy thoughts of families gathered around the table eating, visiting together and making memories. Unless you are the host. The hungry hordes are descending and everything is going wrong. Don’t panic. This week I’m going to share with you […]

The throw to home

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As Near As I Can Tell


“No dumb bastard ever won a war by going out and dying for his country. He won it by making some other dumb bastard die for HIS country.”—General George S. Patton Jr. He never talked about it. I only knew him as a jovial, full of life man that always had a twinkle in his eye and a story to […]

Atascosa County Republican Party

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It’s the time of year when we think about what we are thankful for. When looking up the definition of thanksgiving, words like blessed, grateful, gratitude and joy are synonymous with thankfulness. The definition of giving is “to present voluntarily and without expecting compensation.” In the Bible, 2 Corinthians 9:7 says, “not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a […]


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