Noel Wilkerson Holmes

Voting For mayors, city council and school board members matters, too

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Two year commitment. Lifelong impact. Serving as an elected local official is most likely the most demanding but rewarding position a citizen can perform. The time is now for local citizens to file for mayoral, city council and school board positions in Pleasanton and Poteet. It is also the time for locals to be studying carefully who they will vote […]

Lessons learned in the show ring



While threats of a civil unrest in all 50 states blasts from every news channel, there is a hope for the future happening at the 2021 Atascosa County Livestock Show. Showing livestock and growing up around stock shows is an impactful and lifechanging experience for youth. Showing livestock leaves a child with valuable lessons and lifetime memories. At the ACLS, […]

Critical Thinking



I read a quote on social media the other day that said, “I hope that this will be the year we make room for healthy discussions instead of eating each other alive at the first sign of an opposing opinion.” The greatest thing about being a human being besides the ability to love is to question things, express thoughts and […]

Grateful

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A s 2020 comes to a close, there are many things I am grateful for, even in the midst of the most bizarre of all years. I am grateful for my health and thankful this was not the year I fought breast cancer. I am grateful for such a great team of Pleasanton Express professionals that worked together beautifully during […]

Christmas movies that move me



When I was little, we had four TV channels – ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS. There were so many things to be excited about during Christmas holidays – flipping through Sears and Montgomery Ward catalogues, Santa, presents, caroling with our church, midnight Mass, the Christmas Story acted out by children, cousins in town, Christmas at my grandparents, stockings and no […]

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

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A rthur Mauricio, 68, took the stage at Merry on Main during the Got Talent Show and brought home second place. On Saturday, he played the Main Stage in downtown Pleasanton for 30 minutes and had the Merry on Main crowd dancing in the streets. On Monday morning, Arthur shockingly and suddenly passed away. Deaths are always hard, but passings […]

Memories were made



Well, we did it. Merry on Main happened despite a pandemic and three downpours of rain on Saturday. I was so delighted with the way the community interacted and managed as best as possible with COVID-19 protocols–social distancing, staying with their “safe pods” and wearing masks. I stayed delighted as a little kid at Christmas the entire two days. Regardless […]

Merry on Main waves a magic wand



“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale I am like a little kid before Christmas right now. We just finished our last Merry on Main Committee meeting. This has been my third year to serve and it is by far the easiest and best committee that I have […]

Shop local. Support Small Business Saturday

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“You cannot buy happiness, but you can buy local and that is kind of the same thing.” – Unknown Shop your local businesses everyday but especially this Saturday, Nov. 28 which is the official Small Business Saturday. Small Business Saturday is designated as the Saturday after Thanksgiving in the U.S., sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday. While Black Friday […]

Pleasanton Express Business of the Year

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The Pleasanton Express won Business of the Year at the 69th Annual Awards Gala hosted by the Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce. While the award was for 2019, winning this honor in 2020 made this year feel a lot better. For several years, people asked how we, as a newspaper, would survive the digital world. For many years, I simply did […]


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