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Atascosa County Judge’s Report



As of Monday, Nov. 16, the State has revoked the county’s lifting of the mask order because we exceeded the 14-day rolling total of over 30 confirmed cumulative daily cases. We not only exceeded it, but blew by it with over 80 cases. At this writing, I have had to close the courthouse because 90% of the personnel have had […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: Our struggle continues with the State in attempting to collect reimbursement monies from the CARE ACT. This is money that is owed to the city for expenses which has already been spent. As of this past Monday, the city has collected some $245,083 and has some $348,000 pending. We have until Dec. 31 to try […]

Don’t lose your money

ACSO: It’s the Law


Scams originating from telephone calls and emails continue to skyrocket here in Atascosa County. We are seeing one to two victims a week that have lost substantial amounts of money. Many of these victims are elderly, but certainly not all of them. Most of these scam phone calls originate outside of the United States where the call goes through a […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



November is always a busy month, even more so this year. Observation of Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, and travel, start Christmas shopping and preparing for Christmas decorating. All great family events and traditions. The end of this week will be the beginning of the school’s Thanksgiving break. Usually most families make plans to get together for the holiday. Unfortunately, the […]

Local, state leaders battle COVID surge, each other



Texas topped 1 million COVID-19 cases as some counties reimposed restrictions that had been loosened after this summer’s spike. Particularly hard-hit El Paso extended its temporary shutdown of nonessential businesses, but the Texas Eighth Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 Friday to block County Judge Ricardo Samaniego’s order. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, Gov. Greg Abbott and some El Paso businesses […]

Law enforcment history in Atascosa County Part II

Historically Speaking


Good day, Atascosa County! It is absolutely unreal how time has flown and Thanksgiving approaches us quickly. Thanksgiving is a great time to make and discuss history as it is one of our longstanding holidays. Most of us can recall Thanksgiving from a young age and we fondly cherish the memories our families make. Last week, I began a series […]

Golden dung



Did you know that you can make thousands of dollars by selling your poop? Well, now you do. Apparently, good poop is hard to find these days, and some medical communities are willing to pay top dollar for a small fecal deposit. Some estimates show that you could make up to $50 per poop donation. That there is some golden […]

Become a merry maker; become a part of Merry on Main

Publisher Pleasanton Express

Today, I met with the fantastic Merry on Main committee. I am now in my third year serving on this committee. In a time of COVID and never-ending elections, spending a few hours weekly to plan a two-day Christmas festival is a refreshing and fun respite. Today’s plans included some exciting new happenings at Merry on Main. No. 1: Santa’s […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



A few months ago, I wrote about our need for records storage. I went into detail about how our records storage procedures were controlled by state rules and were not what are normally thought of as record storage in a normal business. That is because of court records and the many important documents we keep (deeds and records). We also […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

Mayor City of Pleasanton

Greetings from the Mayor’s office: This past Saturday, I attended the 2nd annual “Paws for a Cause” event at our River Park. It was good to see all the participants as well as all the furry friends that attended. A special thanks to our Parks and Rec Department as well as Safer Path Family Violence Shelter for making it possible. […]


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