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Boerne Star welcomes Parra as new publisher

BOERNE – Jeff Parra, 55, a veteran of newspaper advertising and management, has assumed duties as publisher of the Boerne Star. 
Daniel Philhower, vice president and controller of Granite Publications, the management company for the Boerne Star, made the official announcement.
“With more than 25 years experience in the newspaper business, Jeff has a strong publishing background with experience in marketing and advertising,” Philhower said.
Parra replaces Brian Cartwright, who was named advertising director at the New Braunfels newspaper.

Villalpando returns to Times succeeding Bell as publisher

KERRVILLE – Former managing editor Carlina Villalpando has returned to the Kerrville Daily Times as publisher, succeeding Neice Bell, who has moved to New Braunfels as publisher of the Herald-Zeitung.
Dolph Tillotson, president of Southern Newspapers Inc., announced the management change.
Villalpando returns to Kerrville from Tyler, where she was interim advertising director for the Tyler Morning Telegraph. She also served as director of the Butler Creative Group, a digital marketing and website design company within the Telegraph.

Strong community, professional leaders comprise 2019 TNF Hall of Fame class

AUSTIN — Texas Newspaper Foundation announces the selection of three exemplary individuals — John William “Bill” Cooke, Donnis Baggett and Barney Hubbs — into the Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame for the year 2019.
The induction ceremony will take place during the Texas Press Association 2019 Convention and Trade Show at Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center on Jan. 25. 

Industry news

Fites purchase Grand Saline Sun from Lewis County Press
GRAND SALINE – Bert and Michelle Fite have purchased the Grand Saline Sun.
They have been running the weekly for Lewis County Press, LLC, since 2015.
“We purchased the paper in hopes of keeping the Grand Saline Sun alive to shine another day,” Publisher Bert Fites wrote in a column announcing the ownership change. Stressing the importance of local news coverage, he also noted that support from the community and local advertisers will be needed to keep the newspaper running.

Neice Bell returns to Herald-Zeitung

NEW BRAUNFELS – Neice Bell has returned as publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
Bell will initially split time between New Braunfels and Kerrville, where she has been publisher of the Kerrville Daily Times for more than two years.
Southern Newspapers, Inc. President Dolph Tillotson announced the change.

Parra takes over Boerne Star; Cartwright accepts advertising director post in New Braunfels

BOERNE – Jeffrey Parra is the new publisher of the Boerne Star, succeeding Brian Cartwright, who concluded his 17-year tenure to become advertising director of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
A veteran newspaper publisher, Parra began his newspaper career in 1994 at the Joplin Globe in Joplin, Missouri. His path to Boerne includes stops at newspapers in St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Mt. Clemens, Michigan; Waxahachie, Texas; Muskogee, Oklahoma; and LaGrange, Georgia. 

Star-Telegram welcomes Mote as new pubilsher

FORT WORTH – A veteran newspaper executive with family ties to Texas has been promoted to publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Ryan Mote, vice president of strategic advertising for The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy’s Western region, will start in Fort Worth on Nov. 5, McClatchy, the Star-Telegram’s parent company, announced.
He replaces Sean Burke, who is stepping down to pursue new opportunities.