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Newspapers host interns from Center for Editing Excellence

The Azle News, Hill Country News, Pleasanton Express and Tyler County Booster have welcomed summer interns from among the 11 college students and recent college graduates who completed eight days of intensive virtual training at the University of Texas through the Center for Editing Excellence, operated by the Dow Jones News Fund, the University of Texas at Austin and Texas Press Association.

Jim Beaver retires after four decades in newspaper industry

Keith Domke is the new general manager of The Boerne Star following the retirement of Publisher Jim Beaver. (Star photo by Zachary-Taylor Wright)

BOERNE – Longtime Granite Publications employee and Boerne Star Publisher Jim Beaver has retired after 42 years in the newspaper profession.
Beaver, 67, started in the business at a daily newspaper in Festus, Missouri. He has worked at Granite Publications, The Star’s parent company, since 2008.
At the time of his retirement, he was one of two executive area publishers for the company, overseeing several newspapers in the group while also being responsible for The Boerne Star.

Mr. Find A Way to Say Yes Don Moore retires

Donald P. Moore was born in Dayton as the son of a Texas newspaperman. So it should not come as a surprise he chose community newspapers as a career. After 55 years of rolling and throwing papers, shooting photos, writing stories, selling ads and managing others in doing the same, the veteran newspaperman decided to retire in July.
Moore employed a concept in dealing with readers and advertisers over the years that served him well. He always tried to find a way to say “Yes.”

Teresa Phillips takes over as publisher for Phillips Publishing

HEARNE – Teresa Phillips has taken over as publisher of the Robertson County News and the Franklin Advocate, succeeding her husband, Dennis, who noted he is taking on a smaller role as managing editor.
The couple formed Phillips Publishing, LLC, in late 2020 when they acquired the two Robertson County newspapers from Moser Community Media. At that time, Dennis Phillips had been publisher and Teresa Phillips had been associate publisher since 2012.

Lawson assumes publisher duties for Archer County News

ARCHER CITY – Archer County News Editor Nathan Lawson has been promoted to publisher.
Lawson joined the newspaper in June 2020 and succeeds Jerry Phillips, who has chosen to move into a reduced role with the newspaper. Phillips said he will still be heavily involved in the community and will continue to serve as community interests reporter for the newspaper.

Mount Vernon Optic-Herald published final edition July 14

After 147 years of covering the local community, the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald ceased publication with the July 15 edition.
The Bass, Wright and Reeves families have managed the newspaper for the past 69 years.
“It breaks my heart to close the business, but it is no longer financially sustainable,” Susan Reeves, current publisher, said.

Olton Enterprise ceased publication with June 25 edition

OLTON – The Olton Enterprise published its last edition June 25, 96 years after L.L. Kyle started the paper and 14 years after publishers Phillip and Ursula Hamilton rescued the publication from an even earlier demise.
The Hamiltons announced June 4 the newspaper was for sale but they were unable to find a buyer by the end of the month.
First printed on Thursday, Feb. 18, 1926 by Kyle, the Enterprise was the oldest continually operating business in Olton and believed to be the oldest business in Lamb County.

Wallis News-Record closed June 3

WALLIS – Johnny and Joanie Griffin announced the June 3 edition of the Wallis News-Review would be the newspaper’s last.
They put the newspaper up for sale earlier in the spring with a goal of retiring in June.
“We have been unsuccessful in finding a new owner to continue publishing the newspaper,” Johnny Griffin said in a June 8 announcement on Facebook.
The Wallis News-Review was started in 1974 by Ray and Maridel Dungen and managed in Wallis for many years by Lucille Jemela. 
All are longtime friends of the Griffins, who purchased the newspaper in 2006.

Texas Better Newspaper Contest changing for 2020-21

The long-anticipated awards in the 2019-20 Texas Better Newspaper Contest were presented during the closing event at the TPA Convention and Trade Show in Denton.
The 2019-20 contest included material published between Sept. 1, 2019 and Aug. 31, 2020. The awards presentation was originally scheduled in January but postponed to June 12 along with the annual convention. Ninety newspapers submitted 934 entries in the 2019-20 contest.