Tucker named publisher of The Winnsboro News

The Winnsboro News welcomed a new publisher when Larry Tucker joined the staff following the departure of Bryan Giguere.
A 1973 graduate of East Texas State University, Tucker has a background in newspaper and broadcast journalism and spent two decades working as a teacher and coach.
Tucker’s teaching/coaching career took him to Seguin, Lancaster, Dallas, Clarksville, Wilmer-Hutchins, Yantis, Dallas charter school A+ Academy and North Hopkins.

About awards

Lone Star Writing Award winners announced
Winners have been announced in the 2018 Lone Star Writing Contest for high school students, co-sponsored by the Interscholastic League Press Conference and the Texas Press Association.
Winners in each category were:
Small school (1A-4A) winners:
First Place - Kylie Sledge, Thrall High School, published by the Taylor Press.
Second Place - Morgan Coleman, Fairfield High School, published by the Freestone County Times.

Past presidents remembered

TPA mourns two past presidents. 107th president Frank K. Baker, 84, Fort Stockton Pioneer, died Jan. 26, in Austin and 134th president Chad Ferguson, 65, The Banner Press Newspaper in Columbus, died Feb. 4.
Baker’s election in 1984 was the first time in the association’s history that the son of a past president took the helm. His father, George Baker, had served as president in 1962-1963.

Chad Ferguson

George Chadwick (Chad) Ferguson
COLUMBUS – Veteran community journalist and sports writer Chad Ferguson, Texas Press Association’s 134th president, died Feb. 4 after a six-month battle with cancer. He was 65.
Ferguson was publisher of the Banner Press Newspaper in Columbus, covering Austin, Colorado and Fayette counties.
The funeral service on Sunday, Feb. 10, drew community members, coaches and athletes and friends from his high school days, as well a large crowd of newspaper publishers from across the state.

Week of Feb. 25 - March 3, 2019

Caucus names legislative priorities for public education
AUSTIN — The Texas House Democratic Caucus on Feb. 21 announced its “Texas Kids First” education-funding package that would include all-day pre-kindergarten, teacher raises and retirement and property tax reform.
“We hope to work with our colleagues to incorporate some of these ideas into their bills,” said Rep. Chris Turner, D-Grand Prairie, caucus chair.

Week of Feb. 18-24, 2019

Senate panel focuses on funding of public education
AUSTIN — When Texas legislatures meet every two years, lawmakers’ singular, must-do assignment is to produce a state budget.
Toward that goal, the Senate Finance Committee held meetings on Feb. 11, 12 and 13 to work on Article III of Senate Bill 1. That article focuses on the public and higher education parts of the state budget for fiscal years 2020 and 2021.