Blackburn buys Floydada
FLOYDADA — Christopher Blackburn and Blackburn Media Group Inc. purchased the Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon, Blanco Offsett Printing and The Post Dispatch.
Long-time Hesperian-Beacon editor Alice Gilroy and her husband Lennie will relocate to Austin to be near her parents. Her father Kenneth Towery won the 1955 Pulitzer for local reporting at the Cuero Record.
Blackburn also acquired The Post Dispatch, which was owned by Texas Media Enterprises, Wesley W. Burnett, manager.
The sales were handled by Rollie Hyde of W.B. Grimes and Co.
Blackburn also owns The Childress Index, Hall County Herald, Knox County News, and The Hollis (Okla.) News.
Blanco Offset Printing also is now under ownership of Blackburn. Jim Huggins will remain as the manager.
Burnett purchases Rockwall
ROCKWALL — Wesley W. Burnett and Texas Media Enterprises, LLC. acquired The Rockwall County News from MET Publishing, Inc. The weekly was represented by Rollie Hyde of W.B. Grimes and Co. Earlier, Burnett sold The Post Dispatch to Blackburn Media Group Inc.
Stamford ceases publication
STAMFORD — The Stamford American ceased publication after the June 5 issue. Lewis and Becky Alambar had owned the newspaper since May 1993. The couple also owns the Hamlin Herald.
Dallas to start another free ‘quick-read’ paper
DALLAS — The Dallas Morning News plans to launch home delivery Aug. 27 of Briefing, a free newspaper aimed at non-subscribers who want a “quick-read” newspaper.
The publication is aimed primarily at busy dual-income families with children who are not current subscribers of The News. About 200,000 copies of Briefing will be distributed Wednesdays through Saturdays.
In 2003 The News introduced another “quick read” free tabloid daily Quick to serve younger readers.
2 more launch e-versions
The Fredericksburg Standard Radio Post and The Brackett News joined the growing list of weeklies offering an e-version by subscription on their respective Web sites.