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Atascosa County Judge’s Report



How does this sound? “You can’t make a mistake and go to the wrong county polling station to vote.” Or, “you never need to call again to figure out where to go to vote.” “You can go to any county voting location and vote!” That is all possible with county – wide voting implemented. But the county has to petition […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: We have had our hands full the past week or so trying to catch up on mowing and shredding in the city. City personnel are working daily to get this done and I have made it a top priority until completed. The Riverpark splash pad, skate park and children’s playgrounds are up and running and […]

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure

The Way I See It

This past Saturday we had a garage sale. My son, daughter-inlaw and my beau joined in on the fun. Right. Fun. I will say this … there is something cathartic about letting go of items you no longer need. It is even better when you see someone else say they “love it” and buy it. It brings me a degree […]

Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Pete’s Periodico


Over 240 years ago, a group of farmers and lawyers published the Declaration of Independence, formally beginning the Revolutionary War against the most powerful empire on Earth. The ideals that drove those men and women to revolution; life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; continue to drive us today. I hope you enjoyed a restful and reflective Independence Day with […]

ACSO: It’s the Law



A s most of you already know, we have been in a construction project at the Atascosa County Sheriff’s Office and Jail for over a year now. The new addition to the jail, adding 112 more beds, was completed a couple of months ago. The project has moved into the renovation stage in the east wing of the jail (built […]

Lieutenant governor names members to redistricting panel

State Capital Highlights

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick on June 28 released the names of his appointees to the Texas Legislature’s 2021 Redistricting Committee. Patrick, who presides over the 31-member state Senate, named Sen. Joan Huffman, R-Houston, as chair of the committee, and Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, as vice chair. He also named 13 more Senate members to the committee, including Sens. Carol […]

L is for Literal



I started to write that L is for Love but that’s a given. We all love our children—neurotypical, autistic, anywhere in between. Instead, I want to share a brief glimpse into life with a teenager on the spectrum with you. People with autism communicate differently. Sometimes, they use the wrong words. Sometimes, they are overly emotional or expressive. Sometimes, they […]

Mayor’s Message – Poteet



Last week we had our regularly scheduled monthly city council meeting. The Council, even though not everyone always agreed on everything, worked together as a team and we were very productive. We had a guest speaker, Atascosa County Judge Bob Hurley, who made a presentation on the Atascosa County Election Board (ACEB) establishing county wide election polling places and electronic […]

America—does the revolution continue?



I n 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, the United States was a collection of large and small colonies with varying ethnicities and even more varied economies. In New England the economy largely depended on access to the sea. Commercial fishing, whaling, and shipping and also light manufacturing— including guns—were common. Further west, economies tended to be more […]

Local Matters



The 4th of July is a time of red, white, and blue celebration in Atascosa County. There are several events I will be attending on July 3rd and 4th locally that I have highlighted below. Whatever you do, and wherever you go, if you drink alcohol please drink responsibly. This iconic holiday that celebrates the anniversary of America’s independence is […]


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