Noel Wilkerson Holmes

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I don’t think I have ever been so excited for the Atascosa County Livestock Show. It has been such a joy and delight to get to know local ag teachers and students as well as their parents. I have always had such a deep respect for 4-H and FFA students. Having lived my entire childhood in small towns whose main […]

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Whoever writes the story, writes the history. I am so proud of the diverse group of regular contributors that write for the Pleasanton Express. The Pleasanton Express Opinion pages offer experts and authorities an opportunity to inform, educate, motivate and persuade our readers on opinions and subjects that matter to them. Two new contributors are Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward […]

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Several years ago I gave up making New Year’s resolutions. I am fairly hard on myself as it is and am a constant work in progress. My past resolutions were lofty and repeat reminders of failed attempts from year’s gone by. I simply decided to just daily try to always do the next right thing to the best of my […]

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Since childhood, the day after Christmas has never been my favorite. All the presents had been opened. Christmas trees, all which started out freshly cut, were now fire starters and had to come down fast. Cousins began packing up to leave. Not a piece of divinity was left. Dad went back to work. Mom started a chore list that ran […]

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I am still floating on air from the Merry on Main event held in downtown Pleasanton last weekend. I literally smiled so much for so long that my jaw ached. Pleasanton Express photographer, Joe David Cordova and I hit the ground at 5 p.m. on Friday and, except for a quick night’s sleep, did not stop until after 11 p.m. […]

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Christmas is magical for making lasting memories. Some of my strongest childhood memories are from Christmas. My grandmother’s divinity candy. My cousins, the Barton boys, who came to our small town with their big city Houston ways and made all the local girls swoon. Flipping through the Sears catalog and circling what I wanted Santa to bring me. Christmas caroling […]

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“Dear Bill,” George H.W. Bush wrote Jan. 20, 1993, to the Democrat about to succeed him as president. “When I walked into this office just now I felt the same sense of wonder and respect that I felt four years ago. I know you will feel that, too. “I wish you great happiness here,” he wrote. “I never felt the […]

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This Thanksgiving I was thankful for my healthy self after kicking cancer to the curb. I was also very thankful for my healthy sons who are now 22 years old, but still and always will be “my boys”. I stayed a little closer to Will and Zach on Thanksgiving than normal because my mind could not leave the thoughts of […]

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You can’t buy happiness but you can buy local and that is kind of the same thing. This Saturday, November 24 is Small Business Saturday. When you buy local you grow your community. The Pleasanton Express is always thankful for what we consider the cream of the crop of local businesses that faithfully advertise with us. Without their business, community […]

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I love this quote by an unknown author: “Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in”. There is so much happening in Atascosa County in November and December. Each week the Pleasanton Express is packed with […]


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