Noel Wilkerson Holmes

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The Democrats, Republicans would like to make propositions


The Pleasanton Express is running sample ballots – both Democratic and Republican – on page 6A. We have dedicated a full page to providing these ballots to our readers as a public service. The ballots have two sides. The front lists candidates. The back lists propositions. Educate yourself on each before you vote. What purpose do propositions serve? In reality […]

If you don’t vote, don’t crab

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My mother embarrassed me to no end in high school when she put a Peanut’s bumper sticker on our shared family car that had an always irate Lucy Van Pelt wide mouthed yelling, “If you don’t vote, don’t crab.” Mom, once again you were right! In the 2020 primary elections held March 3, each party will choose its candidate for […]

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Livestock Show (noun): A road paved with life lessons, handshakes and memories, all coming together the moment you step into the ring and realize you are already a champion. There is no losing at a livestock show. Lessons learned pre-ring and in the ring are the stuff of which future leaders are made. I truly have never met a more […]

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So far 2020 is turning out plenty great. My twin sons, Will Holmes and Zach Holmes, age 23 have official careers now with adult salaries and benefits. My husband, Noel and I will be attending seven weddings and one Bart-Mitzvah for people we love, cherish and adore. Noel, who is not a minister, has been asked to officiate at three […]

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“Practice like you’ve never won. Perform like you have never lost.” I sat next to a showmanship judge at the Atascosa County Livestock Show. I asked him what he looks for in a showmanship winner. He said, eye contact with the judge is important, but the emphasis should be on making the animal appear like an athlete. He said how […]

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This week is the Atascosa County Livestock Show held in Pleasanton. I love everything about the show – the pageantry, the showmanship, the love between the youth and their animal, mentoring of the “littles”, the stock show families and the camaraderie. One part of the show that does not get the same amount of attention as the animals in the […]

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A s a writer I love said there are years that strip you bare. Yes, there are. For me, 2019 was one of those years. Since 2015, I have been in a stage of life that was both painful and beautiful. Watching parents lose their independence and begin the slow, often indignant, march to death is life changing. This phase […]

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The Pleasanton Express enters 2020 knowing we won a 1st place at the Texas Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest in January. What a great way to set the bar for a stellar year with this coveted and hard earned achievement. My first 2020 thank you goes to our loyal advertisers and large readership who continue to keep this very expensive […]

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My mother, Judy Wilkerson wrote so many wonderful Won’t you join me? columns. I had planned to share a column featuring her favorite Christmas recipes. However, this one from Dec. 21, 1977 I believe is perfect. Thank you mom for all the gifts you gave to David, Katie and me. You will be missed so deeply this first Christmas without […]

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This is the first Christmas I have spent without a mom and dad. My mother, Judith Blanton Wilkerson, always made Christmas so special. My dad, William (Bill) Wilkerson, enjoyed the holiday as much as my mom even though he did not put in anywhere near the thought and care. A family tradition that we have always enjoyed is reading the […]


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