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The Ghost of Christmas Past

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Historically Speaking


Merry Christmas, Atascosa County! It is right around the corner and I’m trying to get excited about it. This year’s warmer than usual weather combined with the lagging effect of the dreaded COVID, it has been difficult to get with it. However, my mind goes back many years to bring you this memory courtesy of Martin Gonzales’ brain. This is […]

Christmas memories and traditions

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Rebecca Raves


The stockings are hung, the presents are wrapped and thank God we get one more paycheck before the end of the year! (If you know, you know!) Christmas movies have been played nonstop in my house—no Hallmark Christmas movies here— hot chocolate bombs and coffee have kept our bellies full, I tried ice skating for the first time this weekend […]

On Christmas Eve …

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One of my Christmas memories always takes me back to my days as a night shift patrol officer working the 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. shift. I remember it as Christmas Eve, but I don’t remember the exact year. I was dispatched to a family disturbance. Nowadays they call it a domestic disturbance. Upon arriving at the dilapidated wood frame […]

Christmas characters

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As Near As I Can Tell


People tend to lose their sense of wonder as they age, but there’s still a lot of wonder left if you know where to look. Like standing at the edge of the Grand Canyon – you know that there is not a picture, a painting, or words put to paper that can describe what is in front of you. Or […]

The most wonderful time of the year

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Rebecca Raves


These past few weeks, the Pleasanton Express staff has been hard at work to create our largest, most read issue of the entire year—Letters to Santa. In Sections C and D of this week’s issue, you will find hundreds of letters from children across Atascosa and McMullen counties in first and second grades. These letters were handwritten by the children […]

Remembering Deputy Jernigan

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Historically Speaking


The holidays are upon us, Atascosa County. I hope that everyone stays safe and healthy as we celebrate with loved ones. This week I will write about an event that changed the season for Atascosa County and countless lives. On Dec. 21, 1975, Atascosa County Sheriff’s Deputy Aerl Jernigan was murdered a few miles from his home while in the […]

Ho, Ho, Ho the Christmas troll

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As Near As I Can Tell


When this week’s edition of The Pleasanton Express hits newsstands, Christmas will only be 10 days away. Unfortunately, I am unprepared. It’s not like I haven’t had plenty of warning. Back in the day, stores would generally wait until the day after Thanksgiving to roll out their Christmas wares, but that’s all changed. I went to the grocery store the […]

The Family Bible

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The family Bible, a piece of the home that was once a guaranteed staple and in the recent years has begun to be seldom seen. If you walk into the Longhorn Museum, it is one of the first items you see in a display case. I like to see the different family Bibles because they are all personalized by the […]

A weekend to remember

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Rebecca Raves


As exhausted as I am to this day, I am also still in awe of the magic that was Merry on Main this past weekend. From the tree lighting ceremony, talent show and good fun at the Pleasanton River Park on Friday night to the many performances, vendors, food booths, events and let’s not forget, the lighted Christmas parade and […]

Time to take a stand

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As Near As I Can Tell


If you turn on the news these days, you will invariably be bombarded by political pundits and politicians pontificating on the causes of the current divisions in this country. Some will even make reference to “two Americas.” It seems to me that these folks are mostly manipulating the truth about anything and everything in order to promote whatever narrative they […]


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