Noel Wilkerson Holmes

Social media detox

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I unintentionally experienced a social media detox over Memorial Day weekend. My husband and I went to my sister-in-law’s lake cabin in Corsicana and the internet connection was very weak. Additionally, I could not make a phone call that did not fail. Being a newspaper owner and publisher, I am connected literally to my phone day and night. I give […]

A beautiful day

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What a beautiful day it is! I have spent the greater part of this week talking to Mayors and business owners about Gov. Abbott’s Phase II to reopen Texas. I simply love to talk to Texans about good news. There are folks who just flick the negative off their shoulders and plow forward with the positive. These are my kind […]

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I need my hair and nails done. But, do I really? At what cost? I am teetering on the age of at-risk. I have had breast cancer and lots of radiation. Does that make me even more susceptible? I cannot believe that we live in a time that I cannot, from our government or the media, receive information that I […]

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Local Matters

Cornerstone Publications owner Natalie Spencer, who was the publisher of the Lytle Leader, Medina County Times and Castroville News Bulletin died tragically in a car accident on April 2. Her husband, Jerry Spencer, attempted to keep the newspapers open, but found that it was a larger and more expensive undertaking than he could manage. All three newspapers have now folded, […]

Texas open for business, May 1

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After a nearly month-long guideline for Texans to stay at home, Gov. Abbott is opening Texas back up May 1 during a Phase I period. What is reopening? Movie theatres, restaurants, malls, retail stores, museums and libraries, churches and places of worship and single-person offices. What will remain closed? Public swimming pools, bars, gyms, cosmetology salons, massage establishments, interactive amusement […]

A storm is brewing

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I feel a storm a-brewin’ about masks. I do not envy our state and local leaders who make the laws. Damned if you do. Damned if you don’t. There are those that want masks mandated. There are those that will die before they don one. There are those that will wear them if they have too. There are some who […]

Living the story

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The Pleasanton Express, while operating non-stop, is working remotely like thousands of journalists across the nation. Logistically, it is not easy moving a newspaper remotely. We are becoming quite creative in how we navigate telling the stories we need to tell without in-person access to people or meetings. I am thankful for a highly talented, resourceful, motivated and agile team […]

Every day, a new ‘new’

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United States Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that the next two weeks will shape and define this generation likening COVID-19 to Pearl Harbor and 9/11. Those words more than anything made this pandemic real to me. To have advance warning from a Surgeon General is, in a way, a gift of preparedness to us that those who experienced 9/11 and […]

The good news

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My husband shared a video by John Krasinski from the Office where he premiered Some Good News (SGN). I was in the middle of hectic work schedule and did not take time to watch it until late Monday. What sweetness. So sweet that it made me break down and cry at the goodness in this world. In one day, SGN […]

Texas stands strong in the storm

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I am a native Texan. During a storm, there is no place I would rather be than surrounded by Texans. Atascosa Countians are of particularly good and strong stock. We have done ourselves proud here by quickly assimilating locally to this freaky global pandemic. Everyday there is a new “new.” Social distancing of at least six feet has become a […]


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