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Want to keep public notices in your paper? It’s time to get involved and stay involved

Two weeks ago the Texas Press Association asked our members an uncomfortable question: Are public notices important to your newspaper’s survival?
It was a rhetorical question, of course. We know how important public notices are to Texas newspapers — and to newspaper readers — but once again they’re under fire in Austin. With lawmakers considering legislation to eliminate newspaper notices, we needed to get our members’ attention — and their help — to prevent that from happening.

Analysis by Donnis Baggett, Texas Press Association

Time to register for 2021 Convention and Trade Show

It’s time to register for the 2021 Texas Press Association Convention and Trade Show, set June 10-12 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center.
The event, postponed from January, will feature a wide variety of informative sessions, the Texas Newspaper Hall of Fame 2021 induction ceremony, TPA awards and awards in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest.

Silent auction event benefits Texas Newspaper Foundation

Items are now being accepted for the annual silent auction benefiting the Texas Newspaper Foundation.
The auction is a popular feature of the annual TPA Convention and Trade Show, scheduled June 10-12 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center.
Items will be on display and up for bid during the trade show reception Thursday evening, June 10, and again on Friday morning, June 11. Bidding ends at 11:45 a.m. Friday, when winners will pay for and pick up their items.

Childs returns to Post Dispatch as new publisher

POST – Hicks Media has named former editor Julia Childs as publisher of The Post Dispatch.
Childs was previously editor until 2019 when she retired. As publisher, she will be responsible for operations, content, advertising, readership and community relations.
Her media career has included radio and print. After a successful career with the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal as marketing director, she left that newspaper in 2013 to help her sisters with the care of their mother. In 2016, she joined the Post-Dispatch as editor.

TGCPA convention set May 6-8

The 2021 Texas Gulf Coast Press Association Conference May 6-8 at Tejas Camp & Retreat in Giddings will be a family event with outdoors entertainment supplementing informative industry sessions and networking opportunities.
Speakers include Concordia University Professor Dr. Mike Wallace, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry and other officials.
TCGPA officers invite newspapers throughout the area to consider attending and to check out the information available on the TGCPA website, www.txgulfcoastpress.com.

Record winter storms, power outages throw wrench into legislative machine

February’s winter storms left Texas state government with a bad case of frostbite.
The Texas Constitution allows lawmakers only 140 days every two years to do their normal business. More than a month had already expired when the deadly February northers hit, and other than legislation involving the state budget — the only measure the Constitution requires them to handle while they’re in session — lawmakers had yet to assign any bills to committee.

Analysis by Donnis Baggett, Texas Press Association

Texas newspapers rise to challenge of even more unprecedented times

Pandemic-weary Texas newspapers confronted a new disaster Feb. 12-18 as deadly winter storms hammered the state with life-threatening cold, power and water system failures and thousands of miles of treacherous roads.
The storms threatened an already fragile state economy and hampered healthcare systems already sorely taxed by COVID-19.

Texas Spur owners acquire Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon

FLOYDADA — The Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon has been acquired by Paragraph Ranch, LLC, a media company based in Dickens County that also publishes the Texas Spur in Spur and The Caprock Courier in Silverton.
Founded in 1896 as the Hesperian-Gazette, the newspaper merged with the Lockney Beacon in 1991 to become the Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon under publisher Kenneth Towery and editor Alice Towery Gilroy, his daughter.