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Hennigan succeeds Stone as publisher at Taylor Press

TAYLOR – Managing Editor Jason Hennigan has been promoted to publisher of the Taylor Press.
Daniel Philhower, vice president of operations for Granite Publications, announced the appointment.
Hennigan succeeds Richard Stone, who retired March 1.
A native of Taylor, Hennington began his tenure at the Press in March 2013 as a reporter. In early 2014, he was promoted to news editor. Last year, he was promoted to managing editor.

Bright named GM for Texarkana Gazette

TEXARKANA – James Bright is the new general manager of the Texarkana Gazette.
The announcement was made by Mark Lane, president of WEHCO Media’s newspaper division.
Bright has served as a managing editor, general manager, advertising director and regional publisher for newspapers in Texas and Oklahoma, most recently the Duncan, Okla., Banner and the Express-Star of Chickasha, Okla. His most recent position was marketer for HealthCare Express.

Management changes announced at MediaOne, Van Zandt papers

There have been management changes at several publications owned by MediaOne, LLC.
Taking on new duties for the Monitor in Mabank, The Kerens Tribune and The News Serving Athens and Malakoff are Stephanie Evans, general manager; Denise York, managing editor; and Janice Grubbs-Vincik, director of sales.
John Buzzetta, president of MediaOne, LLC, announced the changes.
Susan Harrison, who had been general manager for the publications for 19 years, moved away from the area. Buzzetta said Harrison will continue working with the company as director of employee relations.

Palestine Herald-Press wins Scripps-Howard award

The Palestine Herald-Press won a Scripps-Howard award in the opinion category for editorials written by Editor Jeffery Gerritt. 
The “What Are They Hiding?” series included editorials that examined two issues with local impact: how an athletic commission treated a football player and the state’s seeming rush to execute death-row prisoners. 

Newsmakers

Staff additions, promotions at Texas newspapers.

Megan Ables 
Llano News
LLANO – Megan Ables is the new editor of the Llano News.
The Tarleton State University graduate joined the newspaper staff in early March.

Golf tournament June 20 benefits Texas Newspaper Foundation

The Robert Burns Memorial Golf Tournament, sponsored by CenturyLink, is set June 20 in Fredericksburg.
Texas Newspaper Foundation President Greg Shrader said golfers should assemble at 1:20 p.m. for 2 p.m. tee time Thursday, June 20, at the Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course in Fredericksburg. Click here for a registration form.

Revenue conference set June 21

Sales training by Ryan Dohrn will be featured at a one-day revenue conference June 21 sponsored by the Texas Newspaper Foundation.
The conference coordinated by the Texas Center for Community Journalism will be held at the Hangar Hotel in Fredericksburg on Friday, June 21. In conjunction, the annual Robert Burns Memorial Golf Classic benefiting the TNF will be held Thursday, June 20, at the Lady Bird Johnson Golf Course in Fredericksburg.  

Sunshine Week: It’s your right to know

The theme for Sunshine Week, March 10 - 16, is simple: “It’s Your Right to Know.”
“The reason it’s your right to know is that it’s your government,” said Jim Zachary, vice president, FOI trainer for the Georgia First Amendment Foundation and editor of the Valdosta, Georgia, Daily Times.
Zachary’s viewpoints on government transparency are straightforward: