Woman found stabbed multiple times in rural Atascosa County, airlifted to San Antonio hospital
SAN ANTONIO — Authorities in Atascosa County say a young woman is "fighting for her life" after she was found stabbed multiple times in a wooded area Friday afternoon. Captain Max Peralta of the Atascosa County Sheriff's Office (ACSO) confirmed to KENS 5 they were investigating the case as an "attempted homicide." The unidentified woman, believed to be in her 20s, was airlifted to a San Antonio hospital in critical condition.
Unearthing Atascosa's Heritage: The Echoes of Pioneers in County Cemeteries
Atascosa County, Texas, stands as a historical beacon, with the Anchorage Farm epitomizing its rich agricultural and cattle ranching past. Since 1889, when Scottish seaman Thomas Whittet purchased the farm from Francisco de la Garza, the area has been pivotal in the county's economic and cultural development. Today, the farm is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and continues to symbolize the enduring legacy of Atascosa's formative agricultural years.
Woman Found Severely Wounded in Atascosa County, Airlifted to Hospital in Critical Condition
A young woman fights for her life after being found with multiple stab wounds in Atascosa County. The victim, believed to be in her early 20s, was discovered wrapped in plastic on the side of the road and airlifted to a San Antonio hospital.
Federal charges: Self-proclaimed girlfriend of Uvalde mass shooter threatened people all year
A woman who claimed she helped plot the Uvalde school massacre in 2022 as the shooter’s girlfriend has been indicted on 13 federal charges, accused of threatening people there and in Atascosa County this year. A federal grand jury in Puerto Rico returned the indictment this week against Victoria...
ACCEPT applications continue
Atascosa County Christmas Elderly Project Target (ACCEPT) 2023 will be providing a blanket Christmas gift, along with a food voucher, to elderly county residents in need. You do need to register for the program to receive these items. Please note that because there will not be an application site in Poteet, residents of Poteet are encouraged to apply at the Pleasanton site. However, you may apply at any location. This program is for Atascosa County seniors age 60 or older.
Testimony begins in Rumfield murder trial
The trial for a Poteet landlord facing a murder charge, began on Tuesday at the Atascosa County Justice Center in Jourdanton. Jimmy Garza is accused of killing Brad Rumfield on Feb. 25, 2021, at BR Outfitters. Both 81st/218th Judicial District and defense attorneys presented opening statements on Tuesday morning after a jury was selected on Monday.
Children find their ‘Forever Families’
Nov. 21 marked a beautiful day to celebrate “Forever Families,” as three Atascosa County families were granted adoptions. Held in conjunction with National Adoption Month in November, Associate Judge Melissa DeGerolami of the Child Protection Court of South Central Texas presided over the hearings. Hearts and homes were...
DONATO ROAD PROJECT
The reconstruction project of Donato Road has begun in Poteet. The project is an interlocal agreement with Atascosa County and will be a complete rebuild. Officials advise to use caution when driving in the work zone area. Pictured are Nicholas Vasquez, Poteet City Council; Mark Gillespie, Atascosa County Commissioner Pct. 1; Mando Greigo, operator; Sammy Davidson, foreman; Abel Palasio; Trey Porter and Tim Gould. Not pictured is Darren Faulkner.
Atascosa County Judge
As we enter the Christmas holiday season, I want to extend my appreciation to the generous folks who have contributed to the County Courthouse Christmas display. This Christmas Display is a new tradition in our community that would not be possible without the support and generosity of our community contributors. I want to give a huge thank you to District Judge Jennifer Dillingham, Atascosa County Court at Law Judge Bob Brendel, Atascosa County Sheriff David Soward, Retired District Judge Lynn Ellison, Methodist Hospital | Atascosa, the Pleasanton Express, Documation, Alonzo and Barbara Peeler, Norma and Tommy Jordan and Adam Figueroa, Thomas Moy and Sons Water Well Drilling and Services, and Linebarger Attorneys at Law. Your dedication to enhancing the holiday spirit in our county is very appreciated, and your contributions will undoubtedly illuminate our courthouse in ways that bring joy to all who pass by. I encourage every one of you to take a moment to visit our display, which will decorate the courthouse lawn for December. I know it will be a sight to see and will stand as a testament to the generosity of our community. While this year’s display is already finalized, we plan to grow the collection year by year. If circumstances allow, I invite those who couldn’t contribute this time to consider joining us in brightening our county courthouse next Christmas. Your support will continue to make our community shine and keep our new tradition alive.
Ho! Ho! Ho! Atascosa County
Our community has so many magnificent and magical holiday events this weekend, offering all sorts of goodness. The City of Pleasanton’s Merry on Main, presented by Documation, held Dec. 1 and 2 at the Pleasanton River Park, is filled with free family fun, including live entertainment, Santa arriving by helicopter, ice slides, a carnival, a lighted Christmas parade, the biggest firework show yet, Little Miss Merry on Main Contest, food and craft/retail vendors and so much more. See the front page story for more details and the ad featured on page 3A. Don’t miss the feature story on the front of Living, by Jon Brauchle, on the Merry on Main Christmas Play, which features our very own Cade Andrews as Jesus. The play will make its debut at the new amphitheater at 3 p.m. on Saturday at the River Park.
Big wins for FFA chapters
Jourdanton FFA had seven first place teams at the Wintergarden District Leadership Development Events (LDE) contest while nine of their teams qualified for the Area X LDE contest. Atascosa County FFA chapters were well represented at the contest with Pleasanton, Poteet and Charlotte competing as well. Pleasanton FFA had two...
Step into nostalgia – Visit Vintage in Verdi this weekend
Jingle all the way to the greatest show in South Texas this weekend. The 11th annual Vintage in Verdi kicks off Friday from 1–8 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. With fun for the whole family, it’s an Atascosa County holiday season bucket list adventure. This...
Jourdanton City Council Seeks Local Applicants for Atascosa County Appraisal Review Board Role
The Jourdanton City Council is accepting nominations for a role on the Atascosa County Appraisal District Appraisal Review Board. The role is for a Board of Director, and applicants need to be city residents. The term is two years, from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2025.
Leming, Texas: A Legacy of Philanthropy and Community Spirit
In the northeastern reaches of Atascosa County lies a town that may not dominate the headlines but holds a wealth of history and a legacy of philanthropy. Leming, Texas, may appear modest in size, yet it stands as a testament to the power of community spirit and the lasting impact of one man's altruistic vision. Named in honor of William H. Leming, a philanthropist whose commitment to societal betterment shaped the town's very essence, Leming's roots are deeply intertwined with the virtues of giving and growth.
Christine, Texas: A Legacy Etched in Family Bonds and Transformation
In the vast expanse of Atascosa County lies the small, yet historically rich town of Christine, Texas. Founded in October 1909 as 'Bobby Town,' the town's name originally honored its founder, Robert Turner. The early days were marked by rapid development, with the creation of vital infrastructure and community services, including the Artesian Belt Railroad that connected Christine to larger trade routes. The town flourished, showing promise as a burgeoning community with its post office, schools, and churches established by 1910.
Strays to Lifesavers
With around six weeks left in 2023, Atascosa Animal Allies has exceeded our goal of helping 5,000 pets in our first five years of operation. In this Strays to Lifesavers article, we want to thank all those who mean so much to us. As we count our blessings during the...
Atascosa County Judge
A s Thanksgiving approaches, I’m grateful for the many blessings we enjoy here in Atascosa County. This holiday isn’t just a date on the calendar; it’s a time to reflect on the abundance in our lives, the strength of our community, and the cherished traditions that unite us. As we gather with our loved ones this Thanksgiving, let’s hold dear the values of unity and togetherness that bind us as a community. May our community’s tradition in agriculture serve as a powerful reminder of the tireless efforts of our farmers and ranchers who work year-round to sustain us. Their dedication deserves our deepest appreciation. Likewise, our local businesses and organizations are vital in nurturing our county’s growth and supporting our families. As we appreciate the warmth of our homes and indulge in holiday meals, let’s not forget those who may be less fortunate. Thanksgiving is also a time to extend a helping hand to those in need, whether through donations or simple acts of kindness. I’m particularly moved by the San Antonio Food Bank’s incredible work, which recently nourished over 430 families in Atascosa County during their food distribution in Poteet this past Saturday. I’m proud to support their work daily, but I’m incredibly thankful for their service during the holidays when folks might need them the most. I also want to thank our county employees for their dedication and service to Atascosa County. To them and their families, may you all have a wonderful, safe Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Thank you to our frontline workers, first responders, educators and healthcare professionals. Your selfless dedication is beyond measure and deserves much gratitude. As we celebrate, let’s value every moment with our loved ones, count our blessings, and extend our hands to those who need our support. From my family to yours, I wish you a Thanksgiving filled with warmth, love, laughter and abundant blessings.
HUES OF HOME
It was a sunset spectacle in Atascosa County on Nov. 17. Tabatha Stewart took this at Rockin’ I Longhorn Ranch in Charlotte.
Bright stars at the Pleasanton Express
The Pleasanton Express is invited to cover hundreds of happenings a month. Juggling the schedules of who covers what, when and where can be a lot. I am so grateful to have such a talented team of Pleasanton Express professionals dedicated to covering the news of Atascosa County. No team member ever complains about late nights or weekends covering an event. We work openly and honestly with each other about our schedules and try to keep the workload balanced. Mostly, we wish we could cover more and are sad sometimes to miss an event.