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Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I am making it official. We are closing the vaccination clinic at the Poteet Strawberry Festival Association (PSFA) grounds. We distributed 19 on Monday and 35 on Tuesday. So, Tuesday was our last day out there. We put this announcement on our emergency page on Monday. We started this past Monday with the Johnson and Johnson COVID-19 vaccine in hopes […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings from the Mayor’s office, The “buzz” here in our community for the past week or so has been the notification of migrant families coming to our city. I deal in factual information and what I can find out on any given situation and not just “hearsay” or social media rants. So, I will share with you what I know […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



EDITOR’S NOTE: The following column was submitted prior to Judge Hurley’s announcement of shutting down the vaccine clinic at the Poteet Strawberry Festival grounds. The clinic was shut down on Tuesday, April 27 due to low turnout. Please see the story on this week’s front page. T here is good news and not so good news about the COVID-19 vaccinations. […]

The one who always cries

Rebecca Raves


I’m a sucker for happy endings. I also get super emotional for any reason: songs, movies/ tv shows, photos, nature, any little moment in life. So, you can imagine how many times I cried this past weekend when my very best friend, Kristian Sorenson, married the love of her life, Ryan Reierson. I first met Kristian during our freshman year […]

Birthday celebration for a Texas Revolutionary Hero

Historically Speaking


Hello, my fellow Atascosans! I hope this column finds you well and healthy. We have a whole lot of events coming up in May to include the Ropin’ at the River Event, The Dog Trails at the Leming Campus and our traveling symposiums on preservation that we are going to squeeze in there. These symposiums made their rounds in 2019 […]

Failing makes you an artist



I decided I wanted to learn glass art. You know, make cool bowls, jewelry and pendant lights by fusing pieces of glass together. I hesitated before starting. What if I can’t do this? What if everything I so carefully place on the shelf melts into one big, nasty glob of glass? What if … ? What if it doesn’t? Failing […]

Trimming trees and toxic habits



Nothing creates robust possibilities for growth quite like chopping off lifesucking limbs. Friends, this is a universal principal. We mainly think of this when pruning trees, but it applies to so much more. Is there government overspending and overreach? Trim back both. Are there lifeless ministries in your church syphoning volunteers and funds? Lop those sucker branches right off, and […]

Health-care expansion defeated in House

State Capital Highlights

A bid to expand health coverage for low-income Texans failed in the Texas House last week, 80-68. State leaders have long opposed expanding the Medicaid program, which is largely funded by the federal government. The measure that failed last week would have allowed the Texas Health and Human Services Commission to negotiate a funding agreement with the feds, called a […]

Chief Priest’s Report – Lytle



If you are reading this, you will be “in the know” about police happenings in Lytle. You can’t even put a dollar value on all that knowledge. Our officers kept busy this past week with 68 calls for service. The Lytle Vet Clinic reported that an unknown person broke into a shed. An old lawnmower and weed eater were stolen. […]

Wedding Bell Blues

Local Matters


This past weekend, William Vincent Wilkerson married Erin Kathleen Hartigan after a “brief” eight-year courtship. Our whole family has what we call “The Wedding Bell Blues” because we literally had the time of our lives at this magical marriage celebration and are so sad it could not have gone on for days and days. It was the first time our […]


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