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Atascosa County Judge’s Report



I want to talk to you about some recent events, now. We have had several difficult challenges in Commissioner’s Court in the last few months. We had to replace an EMS Director, do a difficult evaluation on the County Indigent Health Coordinator and vote to appoint a Constable for a vacant Constable position. In all of these challenging situations, I […]

Purging is good for the soul

The Way I See It

While getting ready to sell my home, I’ve been going through stored bins, boxes, drawers, cabinets and closets. Oh. My. Goodness. The amount of stuff I’m sorting and purging is really mind-boggling. I remember the comedian George Carlin doing a comedy routine on “stuff”. “That’s all you need in life, a little place for your stuff. That’s all your house […]

ACSO: It’s the Law



Everyone has always heard the old saying; “Don’t mess with anyone’s mail because it’s a Federal Offense”. Well, technically that may be true, but in reality, I’ve never seen anybody arrested, much less prosecuted federaly for taking mail from a mailbox. I’m certain the U.S. Postal Inspectors have much larger fish to fry. But the Texas legislature has passed a […]

Mayor’s Message – Pleasanton



My schedule sometimes runs like the school lunch menus did when I was in grade school on Main St. They were subject to change at any time and usually did. I have missed a couple of my Monday citizen get-togethers because of scheduling problems beyond my control. But, as far as I know, I will be in this coming Monday […]

A word from Precinct 3 Constable



First, I’d like to thank everyone who supported and helped me. I’d like to thank Judge Hurley, Commissioners Gillespie, Perez, Riley, and Knowlton. Thank you, Sheriff Soward, for believing in me and bringing me home to the Brush Country after being away for a few years. The experience I gained at the Sheriff’s Office is priceless to me. After my […]

Governor orders guard troops to border to assist feds

State Capital Highlights

On June 21, the day before President Trump called off a national sweep to find and detain undocumented non-citizens, Gov. Greg Abbott announced the deployment of 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande. Accompanied by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and Adjutant General Tracy Norris in a state Capitol news conference, Abbott said the deployment […]

The seeds of the Revolution



Te end of the French and Indian War in 1763 left the eastern coast of North America largely under British control, along with much of formerly French-occupied Canada and other territories. But, for England the victory over France was not without problems. Wars are costly— then and today—and British forces were spread thin around parts of the world colonized by […]

G is for Goals



Goals are an important part of life. For people on the spectrum, goals are more than just important. They are vital. As children with autism enter school, an IEP, or Individualized Education Plan, provides a roadmap for education. In order to create a successful IEP, goals must be set. These goals should be set to increase skills in a variety […]

Happenings in Poteet



This week I received information from Atascosa County Emergency Management Coordinator (AEC) regarding the storm that hit Poteet last month. The AEC stated the Weather Service did not have any indicators of any strong rotation winds in our area during the storm. The Weather Service believes the damage was caused by a wind microburst. This past week South Texas experienced […]

Local Matters



What does hunger look like in Texas? In Texas 4.2 million people are struggling with hunger. More than 1.6 million of those are children. According to Feeding America, many of us do not realize the grave disparities that exist in our own communities. People struggle with hunger in every county and congressional district in Texas. They are our neighbors and […]


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