Rebecca Raves

Get out to the polls

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The November 2021 Special Election is underway with Early Voting happening now through Friday, Oct. 29, and while this isn’t as big of an election year as the 2020 Election, it is still just as important. As usual, the Pleasanton Express has published a Voter’s Information Guide with information about this year’s candidates for Jourdanton and Christine City Council and […]

You matter

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Shifting our focus back to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I want to talk a bit about a different version of domestic violence that many don’t consider to be “violence” … mental and emotional abuse. This past weekend, I began watching the limited series on Netflix titled “Maid.” It follows the story of Alex, a young single mom who turns to […]

Thanks for the memories, Amanda

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I am writing with a sad heart this week. A sweet friend of mine and former coworker, Amanda Zepeda, passed away last Wednesday, Sept. 29. I woke up to a message from my sister Andrea with the news and didn’t know what to think, what to say or how to feel. I was just … still. I put my phone […]

We must do better

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I f you haven’t been following the case of Gabby Petito, I highly suggest that you do. Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito was a 22-year-old woman who disappeared on Aug. 27, 2021, while she was on a van-life trip across the United States with her fiancé, Brian Laundrie, who returned home to North Port, Florida earlier this month without her. He refused […]

Coming home

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I t’s officially homecoming season in Texas! Mums the size of me (5’2”) can be seen flooding social media as high schoolers take part in weeklong homecoming activities and a variety of traditions I no longer recognize. The newest tradition since I graduated in 2013, is the burning of the school’s letter — a P for Pleasanton, J for Jourdanton, […]

What if … ?

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Lately, I have been spending a lot of time thinking what if … ? Matthew West’s song, ‘What If,’ comes to mind as I write this column: “What if today’s the only day I got? I don’t wanna waste it if it’s my last shot. No regrets, in the end. I wanna know I got no what ifs.” This past […]

It’s time for you to do something

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I am very disappointed in you. Last Tuesday, the Pleasanton Express shared on our Facebook page a public notice from the City of Pleasanton regarding a proposed increased tax rate of $0.5156450 per $100 valuation for 2021. As the notice read, the proposed tax rate is greater than the no-new-revenue tax rate of $0.4749960, therefore, the City of Pleasanton is […]

Happy Fallsummoween!

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My best friend Kristen recently tagged me in a post on Facebook that said: “Fallsummoween: That period where the inside of your home looks and smells like a beautiful, spooky hayride through a pumpkin patch … but it’s still 110 degrees outside.” I have never read anything truer for someone who lives in South Texas and loves Fall. Fallsummoween is […]

Case of nostalgia

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I’ve had a serious case of nostalgia in the past two months and even more so now as school begins locally and across the state. Every night it seems, I’ve had reoccurring dreams about my current self in high school. Everyone else is the same as I remember them, but I am the only one who changed. I am more […]

Moving forward

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In this week’s Pleasanton Express, you’ll find a story by our College Intern/Staff Reporter Gabriella Ruiz on Charlotte ISD’s Social Emotional Counselor Jennifer Blanton and her wonderfully decorated office. You might think, why is this a big deal? Every school has a counselor for its students. A former Charlotte Trojanette myself, I never had a social emotional counselor during my […]


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