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Turnover will mean new approaches as 2019 lawmakers reconsider reforms

Turnover among key personnel makes for interesting times in any institution — whether it’s a powerhouse football team or the Texas Legislature.
A number of players will be new to the blood sport of Texas politics — or at least new to their position — when lawmakers convene Jan. 8. 

Analysis by Donnis Baggett, Texas Press Association

Silent auction raises funds for Texas Newspaper Foundation

Among the artworks featured in this year’s silent auction is a signed and numbered limited-edition print of the Ward H. Nichols painting The Gutenberg Creation, commissioned in 1981 by the Gutenberg Museum of Mainz, West Germany, and the Printing Industry of the Carolinas (PICA) Foundation.

It’s time to think about a donation to the annual silent auction benefiting the Texas Newspaper Foundation. 
Items will be on view and bidding will be open Thursday evening, Jan. 24, and Friday morning, Jan. 25, during the trade show at the TPA 2019 Convention at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Denton Convention Center.

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.