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Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I have said a number of times how much I dislike the state property tax system. This is coming under significant review in this state legislative session and I intend to work with our legislators on a solution. I do want to explain that whenever I criticize the system I am NOT intending to criticize the Atascosa Central Appraisal District, […]

Answering the call.

Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.” -H. Jackson Browne Jr. In ninth grade I had a teacher named Bill Alden. Mr. Alden was one of my favorites in high school for numerous reasons including his outside-the-box teaching style and the friendly and relaxed demeanor he had with the students. He did things […]

Mayor’s Message



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: With this week’s column, I wanted to visit with you about the Chamber of Commerce and Cowboy Homecoming. There are some folks who live in Pleasanton that would like to do away with the Homecoming. They have told me so. But, bad idea. We certainly need to continue to promote our city and the history […]

Committee work begins



We are now a few weeks into the 86th Legislative Session. Governor Greg Abbott and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick have been officially inaugurated for second terms, hundreds of bills have been filed, and even more visitors have come through my office. And, perhaps most significantly, Senators were assigned to Senate committees. Senate committees are based on policy areas. The Texas […]

Chief Priest’s Weekly Report



Greetings from Lytle PD, You can find the weekly police blotter at www.lytletx.org/police. We had a slower than average week with 40 calls for service and 35 traffic stops. Of those stops, we issued 18 warnings and 17 citations. We still have our two new officers in the field training program, they should be “cut loose” by mid-March. Once we […]

Senate Finance panel starts work on state budget

State Capital Highlights

Jane Nelson, chair of the Senate Finance Committee, on Jan. 22 said she would follow an aggressive agenda to deliver a budget ready for floor debate by the end of February. “There are a lot of things this committee and the full Senate will decide to add, subtract, change, before we actually recommend out of this committee a budget,” she […]

Second lieutenants, manager trainees and other young leaders



Most military veterans probably have opinions about second lieutenants. Well, speaking as a former second lieutenant, let me say of all the ranks I ever held, the one I worked hardest to get to was the lowly “butter bar,” “shavetail,” or whatever you want to call them. It’s the bottom of the heap for commissioned officers, and second lieutenants are […]

Local Matters



Universally, youth are referred to in less than positive descriptions. Locally, the youth of Atascosa County continue to amaze and impress me. At the Pleasanton Express, we have five “Rock Star Interns” that make us immensely proud. They are a joy to work with and we learn from them every time they are here. Jourdanton ISD Junior intern Jessie Puckett […]

Atascosa County Judge’s Report



Last Friday, Texas Association of Counties sponsored a get acquainted meeting for our new State Senator Peter Flores. It was held at the convention center in Uvalde and sponsored by Judge Mitchell of Uvalde County, Judge Schuchart and myself. It was well attended by the many counties in the far reaching senatorial district. Senator Flores said “whether or not you […]

Mayor’s Message



Greetings from the Mayor’s office: As I look into the history of how Texas cities were established, I find starting with Texas’ Independence in 1845. The legislature began creating cities to do its local work. Cities were on their own as for providing local services to their citizens. Today, cities provide police and fire protection, maintaining the roads we drive […]


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