House passes legislation to reform school finance, property taxes

State Capital Highlights

The Texas House of Representatives on April 3 approved much-anticipated legislation written to revise the state’s public school finance system. The vote was 148-1, and the bill now moves to the Senate for consideration. House Bill 3 would increase pay for public school classroom teachers, librarians and other full-time personnel and also would enable property tax relief. Primarily authored by […]

Girls’ Weekend = Trip for health

The Way I See It

I ’ve been seeing articles of how a weekend with your besties is good for your health. Well, duh! I know that I feel better after spending time with my good friends. There’s something about sharing a house with great friends, hearing 5-10 hairdryers, tripping over shoes, pillows and blankets and filling a kitchen counter with chips, cheese, crackers and […]

Local Matters

The 72nd Poteet Strawberry Festival broke so many records the past weekend. It really proved to be the sweetest festival in Texas in so many ways. The Pleasanton Express tells many of the stories in this week’s issue through articles and photos. We will continue with a wrapup next week which includes final official attendance count which despite rain was […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report

I asked last week for donations to save dogs’ and cats’ lives in our animal control center. A man came in Wednesday and gave us a check for $1,000. Wow. I told him he just saved 10 dogs’ lives. I was almost (smile) speechless. I am personally committed to donating $100 per month. This is all IRS tax deductible! I […]

ACSO: It’s the Law

It’s not the law, but I highly recommend that you come out to the Poteet Strawberry Festival in Poteet this coming weekend. Things get started on Thursday evening with arm band night at the carnival. It’s certainly one of the largest carnivals in South Texas. On Friday the gates open at 6:00 p.m. with ticket prices for entrance being only […]

We are Too Soon Old and Too Late Smart

People ask me where I get the ideas for my columns and especially where I get the titles. Sometimes they just pop into my head, but this one was on a bumper sticker—or was it on a T-Shirt? More or less the same difference. Pearls of wisdom are found in the strangest “oyster shells.” “We are too soon old and […]

A coin in his pocket

This time of year things start to pick up for us in the police world. The weather improves. People emerge ready to have fun and take part in the vast array of social events that dot the calendar. For us that work at a city, we begin to eye what the next budget will look like and how to be […]

Mayor’s Message

Greetings from the Mayor’s office: Statistics show that on the average, Texas is growing by some 200,000 people per year. Yes, I’m sure we have some leaving the State also, but that is a small percentage. And, yes, Pleasanton is continuing to grow by leaps and bounds and with this comes, what my father used to referred to as, “growing […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report

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 call me (830- 709-0277) or email me richard.priest@lytletx.org with any questions you may have. Here is the weekly report on Lytle PD activity We had 61 calls for service and conducted 56 traffic stops. Citations led the […]

Air pollution from tank fire sparks lawsuit

State Capital Highlights

Last week, with 60 days remaining until the end of the 140- day regular session of the 86th Texas Legislature, the House and Senate vaulted closer toward finalizing a state budget. On March 27, the House of Representatives voted 149-0 in favor of HB 1, its version of the state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021. The lower chamber’s […]

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