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Who, me? I’m not talented.



Are you thinking you don’t have a talent? That you are not creative? I bet you are wrong. I come from a large, multitalented, crafty family. My mom plays piano, makes ceramics, arranges flowers, decorates cakes like a professional—and the list goes on. Each of my sisters, children, nieces, nephews, and now my grandchildren has a creative side. All except […]

Texans allowed to carry without a license

State Capital Highlights

The Texas House voted 87-58 last week to allow handguns to be carried without a permit. Under current law, a permit is required to carry handguns either concealed or openly. If the bill becomes law, any Texas resident not already prohibited by state or federal law from owning a gun could legally carry a handgun. According to the Texas Tribune, […]

Buy the shoes

Rebecca Raves


Imagine you are walking into Macy’s to use the bathroom. We all do it, and if you say don’t, then you’re lying. You successfully pass the fragrance and cosmetic departments, dodging the free samples and free makeovers that are shoved in your face. Now … you pass the clothing department and spot a blouse out of the corner of your […]

Awareness isn’t enough



April 17 is Autism Awareness Day. I’m going to veer off my planned path for this week to talk about autism. Next week, we’ll return to talking about creating an abundant life. Although we may not be that far off the path. What better way to create an abundant life than by spreading copious amounts of kindness and acceptance? Every […]

How did this road get here?

Historically Speaking


Hello, my fellow Atascosans! I hope everyone is enjoying this warmer weather. After February’s winter storm, I will never complain about the hot weather (well, maybe just a little). So, last Tuesday, I was privileged to present for the Longhorn Museum Society in Pleasanton. I was given the choice to speak about any history item. I chose development of county […]

Do your homework Atascosa County

Rebecca Raves


I t’s that time of the year again. You know what I’m talking about. You’ve heard it countless times; by now you’re likely sick and tired of it already. Just a mere five months ago we were preaching to you about how important it is to get out to vote in the General Election. Well, it’s time to preach to […]

Phil Collins’ Tie to Texas History

Historically Speaking


Hello, Atascosa County! All of you that will be attending the upcoming Poteet Strawberry Festival, be safe out there. Since last year’s festival was cancelled, this community deserves an outing and one of celebratory proportions. This week, I will talk about The Alamo’s connection to Phil Collins. For everyone born after 1990, you will probably ask, “Phil who?” For everyone […]

Creating an abundant life–Vitality



We’ve been talking about creating an abundant life, but what IS an abundant life and what do you need to achieve one? Abundance is an adjective defined as plentiful, copious, rich, bountiful and inexhaustible. Sounds good, doesn’t it? A life filled with plenty, rich and bountiful. Count me in. In order to create an abundant life, you must have energy […]

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month



The latest report on child maltreatment fatalities and near fatalities, compiled by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, indicates 251 children in Texas died in fiscal year 2020 due to abuse and neglect. That figure includes 28 children who died after being left unattended in hot vehicles. During Child Abuse Prevention Month, DFPS is encouraging communities to increase […]

Atascosa County Crime Stoppers: Crime of the Week

$9K in stolen property in Pleasanton

The Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office along with Crime Stoppers is hoping that a reward of up to $5,000 being offered for one week only will help solve a theft located in the 6000 block of FM 1784, located 12 miles north of Pleasanton off of IH-37. On Thursday, March 18, 2021, at around 10 a.m. sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to […]


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