Noel Wilkerson Holmes

Snow days not like the good old days

As a child in Comanche, Texas, the first hint of snow had my sister and I praying for no school. The moment we saw our school scroll across the bottom of the TV screen we were as happy as Christmas morning. The day was filled with snow ice cream, snowmen, snowball fights and hitching rides on the back of makeshift […]

Messed with Texas

Well, someone did not get the “Don’t Mess with Texas” message because this freezing weather storm caused one heck of a mess. The snowstorm looks magical but underneath it is pure madness. The planned and limited “rolling outages” to conserve power turned into days of power loss for millions of Texans. Texas energy pride took a big hit on a […]

I love people, places and things big!

This week I am in love with the City of Pleasanton’s Public Market which is coming to historic Main Street. This public market is part of Phase II of the Pleasanton River Park Master Plan Renovation. The market is being described as having the vibe of the Pearl and La Cantera. The Pleasanton Express will be covering this story from […]

Hope Springs Eternal, #spreadkindnessforMandT

Local Matters

The past few days have been so spring like with birds flocking, the sun shining and a few brave buds eagerly sprouting. I have never been more ready for the renewed hope that spring brings. “Hope springs eternal in the human breast,” said poet Alexander Pope. So profound. So poetic. It is human nature to keep on hoping against all […]

Navigating to Success, School Board Appreciation Month

Local Matters

Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed January 2021 as School Board Appreciation Month. This year the theme is Navigating to Success. In this week’s issue, we are running an article about local offices that are up for grabs in the May 2021 election. Amongst them are Pleasanton, Poteet and Lytle school board positions. These elected positions come with no pay but big […]

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

Local Matters

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 […]


Local Matters

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 […]

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