Eagle adding new printing press, additional hires
Published June 26, 2016
Construction is underway at the Bryan-College Station Eagle, where a second press soon will be installed, paving the way for the business to double its commercial print work.
Shrader elected to TNF board
Greg Shrader, longtime publisher with Southern Newspapers, Inc., was elected to a three-year term as a trustee of the Texas Newspaper Foundation at its board meeting held in conjunction with Texas Press Association’s Newspaper Leadership Retreat at Lake Conroe.
Smith County judge charged, suspended
TYLER — Smith County Judge Joel Baker was booked into the Smith County jail July 17 on a misdemeanor charge of violating the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith said Baker turned himself in after 5 p.m. and was released by 6 p.m. Friday.
Montgomery County officials indicted
A grand jury has indicted Montgomery County Judge Craig Doyal and two commissioners, charging them with violating Texas' open meetings law last year while developing a bond package for new and improved roads.
El Paso ‘award’ to call attention to secrecy
Features awards presented to Texas newspapers
The Society for Features Journalism has announced its 28th annual award winners. Among the winners are the five largest newspapers in Texas: the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express News, Houston Chronicle and The Dallas Morning News.
Waco gag order lifted
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has thrown out a gag order that prohibited bikers charged in a deadly May 2015 shootout from talking to the media. The court issued an order June 15 that lifted a stay that had been in place since August, when the court ruled that the gag order was wrong but allowed it to stay in place pending further consideration.
FOI Foundation receives grant for open government guidebook
The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas has been awarded a grant of $3,500 from the Texas Bar Foundation to produce a concise guidebook on state open government laws and the public’s right to know.
-30- July 2016
William “Billy” Milton Miller died June 9, 2016, at the age of 91.
Newsmakers - July 2016
Polk County Publishing
Kelli Barnes has been promoted to operations manager for Polk County Publishing Company overseeing eight publications.
Most recently Barnes was manager of the Tyler County Booster.
Voss wins Fred Hartman sportswriting award
MONTGOMERY – Brett Voss was honored with the Fred Hartman Excellence in Sportswriting Award on June 18 at the TPA Newspaper Leadership Retreat. Voss, who is the publisher of The Clifton Record & Meridian Tribune, was presented with a plaque and $1,000 by the revered newspaperman’s grandson and namesake, Fred Hartman of Hartman Newspapers.
Tillotson presented with Mayborn award for service
MONTGOMERY – Texas Press Association honored Dolph Tillotson with the Frank W. Mayborn Award for Community Leadership on June 17 during the Newspaper Leadership Retreat at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa.
Rea presented Golden 50 award
MONTGOMERY – Glenn Rea, publisher of the Cuero Record, was honored with the Golden 50 Award for exemplary service and selfless contributions to journalism for 50 or more years at the TPA Newspaper Leadership Retreat at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa.
Access to settlement agreements may be hard to obtain
Q: Our hospital district recently let a highly paid employee go. The employee got a sizable settlement and the local governmental body is refusing to release the terms. Aren’t local governmental bodies prohibited from entering into nondisclosure agreements?
Looking forward to a magical year at TPA
In a past life I spent some years in seminary classes at TCU. One of the professors there was a New Testament theologian named William Baird. Recently, I was talking with someone who had also been taught by Baird, and he related this story.
One day in class, a student asked Dr. Baird, “What is a miracle?”