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It’s no particular secret that The Canadian Record is a barely discernible blue spot in the red political sea of the Texas Panhandle. While I have never had, nor claimed, any party affiliation, my editorial writing has indelibly branded me as a (insert your choice of expletives) liberal (insert your choice of amplifying adjectives) Democrat to some, and a wild-eyed socialist flamethrower to others. 

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.

Parra takes over Boerne Star; Cartwright accepts advertising director post in New Braunfels

BOERNE – Jeffrey Parra is the new publisher of the Boerne Star, succeeding Brian Cartwright, who concluded his 17-year tenure to become advertising director of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
A veteran newspaper publisher, Parra began his newspaper career in 1994 at the Joplin Globe in Joplin, Missouri. His path to Boerne includes stops at newspapers in St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Mt. Clemens, Michigan; Waxahachie, Texas; Muskogee, Oklahoma; and LaGrange, Georgia. 

Star-Telegram welcomes Mote as new pubilsher

FORT WORTH – A veteran newspaper executive with family ties to Texas has been promoted to publisher of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
Ryan Mote, vice president of strategic advertising for The Sacramento Bee and McClatchy’s Western region, will start in Fort Worth on Nov. 5, McClatchy, the Star-Telegram’s parent company, announced.
He replaces Sean Burke, who is stepping down to pursue new opportunities.

John Fooks

TEXARKANA, ARK. – Former Texarkana Gazette writer John Fooks, 65, died Sept. 20. 
As a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he had a passion for telling the stories of other veterans. He was also active with local veterans groups and participated in memorial activities.
Fooks was a feature writer and columnist at the Texarkana Gazette for 27 years. Many of his friends and fellow veterans credited him with shining light on veterans issues that were unknown to many people.
Fooks was a Mason, a Vietnam veteran and a past district governor of Toastmasters International.

Terry Wells

BUNA – Buna Beacon owner-publisher Terry Lee Wells died Sept. 28 at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Beaumont. He was 55.
Funeral services were held Oct. 6 at Adams E.E. Stringer Funeral Home in Kirbyville, with burial at Antioch Cemetery in Buna. 
A native of Orange, Wells is survived by his wife, Marjorie Wells, three brothers and other relatives. 

 

Terry Young

AUSTIN – Veteran journalist Terry Young, a former president of the Austin Headliners Club, died Oct. 1 at his home in Cedar Park. 
He was 81.
A native of Pampa, Young excelled at baseball after his family relocated to the Rio Grande Valley. While still in his teenage years, he became a sportswriter and editor, capacities in which he served for three daily papers while pursuing his love of athletics in high school and beyond. 

TPA cites Murr as champion of transparency

The Texas Press Association recently recognized Rep. Andrew Murr, R-Junction, as a Champion of Transparency for his work to keep public notices in newspapers. Murr has represented District 53 since 2014. The award was presented by Melissa Perner, publisher of the Ozona Stockman, during a recent town hall meeting in Ozona.