Opinions

Mayor’s Message



GGreetings from the Mayor’s office: Our city street maintenance initiative continues and even though the weather has not been cooperating, I think we will have some dryer weather this week. Some folks think it’s a bad idea to try to work on repairing or repaving our streets during the winter time. But, if we only did street maintenance seven months […]

Happy Dancing in Heaven



We have just begun the second month of the year and already I have lost four friends. Chad Ferguson, coowner and co-publisher of the Columbus Banner Press newspaper left our physical world on Monday after a brief bout with cancer. My early memory of Chad and his wife Bebo was at a South Texas Press Association convention. I remember thinking […]

Things we don’t know about America’s Presidents



A s of February 2019 the United States has had 45 Presidents. I decided recently to memorize the entire 45 in order, starting with George Washington to the current occupant at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Donald J. Trump. (No this is not political commentary. Just some history. I’m steering clear of politics.) There are many facts about chief executives of this […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



As I said last week in this column, I ask the question, “Why should the value of real estate around a school have anything to do with the money available for the schools’ operation?” I have researched property tax and have found that it came from an era when a “tax” was required to vote. It was also called by […]

Local Matters



Valentine’s Day has never been a big deal for me. I like to give but do not really care if I receive. If I receive a gift, I am happy. If I don’t, I am fine too. My husband, Noel, of nearly 24 years became tired of asking what I wanted to do and simply buys us tickets to a […]

ACSO: It’s the Law



One of the laws that we strictly enforce is the “Failure to Stop For a School Bus – Loading or Unloading”. I have gotten asked many times in the past about which traffic has to stop and which traffic doesn’t. I would like to explain this; we have a zero tolerance policy for individuals that violate this law, as do […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Update



Greetings from Lytle PD, 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 . Calls for service and traffic stops were on the low side this past week. We handled 43 calls for service and conducted 23 traffic stops. […]

Mayor’s Message



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: This week, I will be asking each council member to nominate a person to serve on the Complete Count Committee (CCC). The US Census Bureau will conduct a count of all households in 2020. Our local CCC volunteers will help promote all census related activities in this community and will be working with our city’s […]

Senate to look at Property Tax Reform



Senate committee starts work on property tax reform AUSTIN — Voters would have the power to prevent their local governmental bodies from increasing property taxes by more than 2.5 percent per year under legislation introduced in the Texas Senate and House on Jan. 31. Senate Bill 2 and identical House Bill 2, both 116 pages in length, propose to amend […]

I admit it … I’m a news nerd

The Way I See It

One of my first official work events with the Texas Press Association was assisting with the annual Midwinter Convention this past week. And while it wasn’t my first to attend, it was my first to be a part of TPA as an employee. Our keynote speakers for our final brunch were premier journalists Bob Schieffer and Roy Eaton. And while […]


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