Disaster declaration affects counties hit by heavy rains, flooding

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a state disaster declaration for 18 Texas counties recently impacted by deadly weather that claimed at least four lives and caused extensive flooding. On Oct. 16, Abbott authorized the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions to aid in response efforts. “Texas is taking immediate action to respond to the threat […]

We the People

I woke up this morning with one word running through my head: accountability. Now, this is not my normal state of affairs- I generally wake up and start thinking about coffee. This was a significant change to my daily thought patterns and rituals. There was something about this 14 letter word that had elbowed itself into my waking thoughts. The […]

From the Right

Sunday I was watching a trusted conservative pundit discuss the upcoming midterm elections and he offered his opinion as to the 10 top reasons to vote Republican in those elections. Thinking through his observations, I thought it timely to share my own top 5 for the residents of Atascosa County and Senate District 19. 1. The Courts – we have […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report

The weekly police blotter has been posted to our website, you can find it at www.lytletx.org/police. Feel free to email or contact me if you have any questions. richard.priest@lytletx.org Our calls numbers are remaining high with officers handling 65 calls for service this past week. Traffic enforcement activity was on the low end with only 15 stops being made. Citations […]

Mayor’s Message

Greetings from the Mayor’s Office: I have been asked, more than once, if Pleasanton is going to sign an interlocal agreement for animal control services with the new county animal control facility in Jourdanton. The answer at this time is no. Our animal shelter here is doing quite well with the assistance of the Atascosa Animal Allies. As long as […]

A lesson in patience

This past Sunday I attended the funeral service for Suzi Oliver Rankin. She was one of the sweetest and most patient ladies that I ever knew. I first met the Oliver family when they owned their veterinary clinic situated near the entrance to my childhood home off FM 476. Also, my best friend’s mother, Jane Forbus, was their office manager. […]

Southbound in Arkansas and…

Winding up a family vacation, we were driving home on an interstate highway in Arkansas, southbound, coming back to Texas. It was a typical summer afternoon with lots of 18-wheelers, and people in cars, pickup trucks and even a few motorcycles. But, then there was a problem ahead. Cars were pulled over and obviously someone was in trouble. So, I […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

Last week, I attended the first public training session on the new voting machines in Lytle on Monday night. Then I drove to the annual Texas Association of Counties Conference at the Woodlands near Houston. It was white knuckle driving all the way from Lytle to Seguin. The visibility with the hard rain, backed up traffic and big trucks was […]

Local Matters

Vote FOR Tier 2 in the Nov. 6 General Election and early voting Oct. 22- Nov. 2. The citizens of Atascosa County collaborated on a non-partisan petition drive this summer and won the right to have a vote on whether Atascosa County stays a Tier 1 or becomes a Tier 2 designation. The Tier 1 and Tier 2 designations were […]

Panel hears about what’s being done to ‘harden’ school campuses

The Texas House Committee on Appropriations met Oct. 9 to hear ideas on improving school safety in the aftermath of the May 18 Santa Fe High School shooting that left eight students, two teachers dead and 13 injured. “It’s an unbelievable reality that shootings in schools are occurring more frequently,” said state Rep. John Zerwas, chairman of the powerful, state […]

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