Noel Wilkerson Holmes

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Today, I smile. Not having a fulltime Sports Editor at the Pleasanton Express is not fun for the team here at the newspaper, for the sports teams locally nor the community. But, my oh my has it been worth the wait. I tried hiring Angelo State University journalism grad and former two-time All-Conference ASU punter Sam Fowler back in June […]

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My sister, Katie and I are planning our mom’s “Celebration of Life” at Port Aransas on the beach for July 20. It’s beautiful and strange. It is sad and happy. After mom died, my mother-in-law, Jean Holmes said, “Well, you are an orphan now.” I laughed. She later told my husband, Noel, that she wished she would not have said […]

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The 4th of July is a time of red, white, and blue celebration in Atascosa County. There are several events I will be attending on July 3rd and 4th locally that I have highlighted below. Whatever you do, and wherever you go, if you drink alcohol please drink responsibly. This iconic holiday that celebrates the anniversary of America’s independence is […]

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I n early 2015, the Oxford children’s dictionary which contains about 10K entries dropped around fifty words related to nature — words like fern, willow, and starling — in favor of terms like broadband and cut and paste. I just recently read this fact and it made me sad. Nature was a huge part of my childhood. I had first […]

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What does hunger look like in Texas? In Texas 4.2 million people are struggling with hunger. More than 1.6 million of those are children. According to Feeding America, many of us do not realize the grave disparities that exist in our own communities. People struggle with hunger in every county and congressional district in Texas. They are our neighbors and […]

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There are only 18 summers in childhood. How are you going to make your child’s summer count? The easiest way locally is to show up weekly for the City of Pleasanton Parks and Recreation 8-week Summer Program. It’s free on Tuesdays from 10-noon. There will be a variety of activities such as trades, skills, hobbies and sport-related events, with a […]

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There is such power in sharing a personal story. Most people think I am an extrovert, but I am actually an introvert. I don’t share many personal stories unless I know someone very closely. So, I am always amazed at the bravery of people who do this for the benefit of others. I simply do not have the courage most […]

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“S ummertime is always the best of what might be” said Charles Bowden. To help you plan your summer days, the Pleasanton Express has started new page that list every free event for children and youth in Atascosa County. All of these events are also list on our digital calendar that you may find for free on our website at […]

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I n 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation which designated May 15 as Peace Officers Memorial Day and the week in which that date falls as Police Week. Currently, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world have converged on Washington, DC to participate in a number of planned events which honor those that have […]

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Best-selling author Brene Brown said the following lesson she learned from her mother was one of the greatest of her life: “My mom taught us to never look away from people’s pain. The lesson was simple. Don’t look away. Don’t look down. Don’t pretend not to see hurt. Look people in the eye. Even when their pain is overwhelming. And […]


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