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Vote in the Special Election for Senate District 19!

Vote in the Special Election for Senate District 19!


Early Vote Period: Monday, July 16, 2018 – Friday, July 27, 2018

Election Day: Tuesday, July 31, 2018



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Honoring Matriarchs Who Loved Their Families

Honoring Matriarchs Who Loved Their Families

Honoring Matriarchs Who Loved Their Families: Patricia Locke and Joyce Clemens Gonzalez.
“She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her. Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all. Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised.” —Proverbs 31:27–30
Obituary of Patricia McMahon Tollette
On July 16, 2018, Patricia Locke (McMahon) Tollette was received into the Lord’s embrace and reunited with her son Ted, surrounded by many of her loving family. Born April 26, 1939 in San Antonio, TX to George and Helen McMahon, Pat grew up in San Antonio, Texas, where she attended Incarnate Word High School. While attending San Antonio College, she fell in love with her future husband, Maurice P. “Nard” Tollette, Jr. She raised her four boys Trey, Tim, Ted, and Terry, and had a career in residential real-estate spanning two decades.

Her love of family, friends and the water led them to buy a lake house at LBJ where many joyful memories were made while the boys were growing up. When Trey, their oldest, entered Texas A&M University, their passion turned from the lake to football weekends in College Station. They were lifelong Aggie fans. In later years, their tradition of being near the water was continued with the boys and their families as they spent many joyful summer vacations together at both Lake LBJ and the Texas coast. In her retirement, Pat and Nard developed a love for bay fishing and enjoyed many weekends with her boys and grandchildren, in which many indelible / “questionable” memories where formed.

During retirement, her free time was spent with family and friends, watching her grandchildren grow, playing bridge, and traveling. She was involved in numerous organizations at St. Mark’s Catholic Church including ACTS, Women’s Guild and most recently the quilting ministry. She was an avid quilter and ‘Longarmer,’ and touched many lives through both the St. Mark’s and Coker UMC quilting guilds. Pat’s hospitality was well-known, as she had many honorary grandchildren who called her Granny Pat. She was welcoming to all who visited her home most specifically for Christmas Eve and 4th of July celebrations.

Pat will be forever remembered by her husband of 59 years, Nard and their sons, Maurice P. III “Trey” (Jennifer), James Timothy (Vicki), Michael Terrance (Allyson) and daughter-in-law Janet Kent Tollette Gloger (Ted’s widow) and her husband Danny. She will also be remembered by her thirteen grandchildren; Reese, Reagan, Ted, Tanner, and Ty Tollette, Garrett and Grant Tollette, Allie, Mitch and Wes Tollette, Stephanie and Kent Tollette and Dusty Gloger (Janet’s stepson) whom Pat welcomed as a grandson. She is also survived by her brother David McMahon (Jeannette), sisters-in-laws Dahlyn Harrold, Mary Hart Casey (Madison), brother-in-law Jim Tollette (Shelley) and their children and grandchildren.

Pat was preceded in death by her father George Breen McMahon, mother Helen Francis (Locke) McMahon, her son Ted Breen Tollette.

Monsignor Kevin Ryan will officiate. Memorial donations in memory of Pat may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society,

Expressions of sympathy and online condolences may be offered to the family by signing her online guestbook at:

Joyce Clemens Gonzalez Obituary
Joyce Clemens Gonzalez age 85 of San Antonio peacefully passed surrounded by her family on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. She was born November 3, 1932 in St. Paul, MN to Walter and Florence Clemens who preceded her in death. Joyce is survived by her husband of 63 years, Gabriel M. Gonzalez; her children, Dr. Gabriel C. Gonzalez II and his wife, Dr. Lamar, M.D., Francisco D. Gonzalez and his wife, Eileen, Walter A. Gonzalez, David C. Gonzalez and his wife, Lisa, Miguel Angel Gonzalez and his wife, Stephanie, Deborah C. Gonzalez and Pablo C. Gonzalez and his wife, Amanda; grandchildren, Paco, Joyce, Gabriel III M.D., Daniel, Logan, Lance, Evelyn, Brendan, Taylor, Carlos, Anina and Alessia; great grandchildren, Adeus, Sophia and Gabriel IV.
Visitation will begin at 5:00 P.M. followed by the Rosary at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at Mission Park Funeral Chapels North, 3401 Cherry Ridge Drive. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 1:00 P.M. on Friday, July 27, 2018 at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church 107013 Wurzbach Road. Entombment will follow at Holy Cross Mausoleum.

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San Antonio Is Enjoying The Country’s Largest Population Boom — And Business Is A Big Reason Why

San Antonio Is Enjoying The Country’s Largest Population Boom — And Business Is A Big Reason Why

Lower home prices — you can have a Fort Worth palace for $1 million — open spaces, a growing urban vibe, a can-do spirit and business-friendly attitudes are drawing these people, as are the jobs. Texas is the top go-to state for business, according to CNBC, which scored all 50 states on more than 60 measures of competitiveness, with input from “business and policy experts, official government sources, the CNBC Global CFO Council, YPO and the states themselves.

To read more from Forbes, click here.

San Antonio Water System enforcing Stage 2 restrictions

San Antonio Water System enforcing Stage 2 restrictions

Homeowners are being told to conserve water and San Antonio Water System is cracking down on people who break the rules.

The fine for rule breakers is about $125 for anyone looking to skirt the rules to treat their lawn.

SAWS says it doesn’t expect to hit Stage 3 water restrictions, but the Stage 2 restrictions remain in place.

To read more from KENS 5, click here.

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible — Fallout

Movie Review: Mission: Impossible — Fallout

“Hunley and Sloan agree on one thing: Ethan Hunt cares as much about one life as he does about millions of lives; to sacrifice the one for the sake of the many is all but unthinkable to him.

But what Sloan sees as a weakness, Hunley sees as a strength. The issue is raised by an early stumble in which Hunt’s concern for a team member puts countless lives at risk. But it comes into sharp focus in a small aside in which a chance interloper is momentarily a cause of comic consternation before becoming the subject of a brief life-and-death crisis. What is one life in the grand scheme of things? To Hunt, collateral loss of life is never acceptable”

To read more from Decent Films, click here.

Is Hungary Experiencing a Policy-Induced Baby Boom?

Is Hungary Experiencing a Policy-Induced Baby Boom?

Article contributed by San Antonio Family Association 

Pro-family policies that work.

It has long been considered that low fertility rates were irreversible, and that countries suffering such low rates would continue to spiral ever downward.

But Hungary is not just experiencing a fertility spike; it’s turning things around in a way that demographers once thought couldn’t happen.

In 2015, the government of Hungary announced a major new policy: families would be given generous subsidies to buy or build new homes, and the subsidies would scale up based on their marital status and the number of children they had.

To read more from the Institute for Family Studies, click here.

Pre-K 4 SA partners with South Side charter network

Pre-K 4 SA partners with South Side charter network

Is this simply a case of when enrollment is not high enough, collaborate with other entities to bring in more students? PreK 4 SA costs the taxpayers 1/8 of a cent of sales tax since approved in 2012 for 8 years. It won’t be long before serious questions are asked about how that money has been spent and about the results. Citizens will get to vote on it again and it will be more difficult for the program promoters to hide reality of how the money was utilized. The students results bragged about in this article are short-lived and not consistent with the US Dept of Education on the Headstart Program which stayed benefit of early, PreK education phase out in about the 3rd Grade as the children who didn’t attend an early learning program catch up to the ones who did. So why spend all the money? Is it about education, getting the kids to college or an ideological indoctrination? The SA PreK4SA program is not accountable to the Texas State Board Of Education on the quality of materials or learning content. They really aren’t accountable to the tax payers as the Mayor and Council pick its Board. The Board could be elected by the people just like the over 1000 Independent School Districts ISDs in the State of Texas. Moreover, PreK 4 SA has dolled out hundreds of thousands of tax payer dollars to ISDs, and private schools (religious and secular) that also have early education programs. Did the citizens pass PreK 4 SA to hand out city sales tax money to other teaching entities? Why wouldn’t the City Program maintain the money for its specific intended use, reduce other taxes (like the percentage rate on property) or give the money back to the people whom it was collected from?

To read more from San Antonio Express News, click here.