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Shifting our focus back to Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I want to talk a bit about a different version of domestic violence that many don’t consider to be “violence” … mental and emotional abuse. This past weekend, I began watching the limited series on Netflix titled “Maid.” It follows the story of Alex, a young single mom who turns to […]

A moment of reflection

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Greetings, Atascosa County. This week, I find myself in a state of reflection. As we approach the two-year mark since the dreaded COVID-19 virus changed our lives, it seems like a bad dream. We saw some light and what appeared to be the end, you know, the return to normalcy. Then in a flash, we were back and although some […]

A boy and his bike

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I’m pretty sure it was front-page news in the Pleasanton Express sometime around the spring of 1977. I was 11 years old at the time. There wasn’t a whole lot happening in Pleasanton then, so if it wasn’t on the front page, it sure should have been. The CBS Evening News reported on it, so it HAD to be a […]

A thief in the night

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I woke up this morning to my nemesis, Depression, banging on my front door. I slammed that door in his face and started piling furniture across the opening. Unfortunately, while I was guarding the front door, his partner, Anxiety, snuck around to the back, climbed in a window and stole my peace of mind. A little anxiety in your life […]

October is Bullying Prevention Month

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One in five children report being bullied, according to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services. In Texas, at least 40% of those bullied have seriously considered suicide. The agency “provides caregivers the tools to empower their children to be anti-bullying champions and to get messaging out about bullying prevention” at GetParentingTips.com. The content is designed to help parents […]

Schedule your 3D mammogram today!

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I found out in July 2016 that I had breast cancer. I was at the beach with my family and my beach family. I made myself a promise that I was going to be brave and bold. I was relatively private about my breast cancer. My mom was not well, and I did not want her to be fearful. I […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

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The Atascosa Cowboy Connect Shuttle Service is running well. Our ridership is improving all the time. The program has done well, considering we started it in the middle of last summer’s COVID outbreak. We were unable to set up shuttle signs at the stops in the three cities. I believe the shuttle signs are vital because we need schedules on […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton

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It’s nice to see people getting out again. This weekend our town and its guests were lucky to have a great party at the Pleasanton River Park. The Ultimate 80s Throwback Party in the Park was a huge success. I’d like to thank The Texas Tone Rangers, 86’D, John Mayse, Mark Carroll and many other citizens and staff for their […]

Thanks for the memories, Amanda

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FREE Rebecca Raves


I am writing with a sad heart this week. A sweet friend of mine and former coworker, Amanda Zepeda, passed away last Wednesday, Sept. 29. I woke up to a message from my sister Andrea with the news and didn’t know what to think, what to say or how to feel. I was just … still. I put my phone […]

Exile

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Happy Halloween season, Atascosa County! Well, it isn’t Halloween yet, but it’s the season to get ready for Halloween and all that fun stuff. In this family, the spooky stuff starts Oct. 1. With my wife being a baker, the creations around here are unpredictable. One thing comes to mind when October arrives—ghost stories. In my position, people have approached […]


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