FAIRFIELD – Freestone County Publishing, LP, announced the acquisition of a second newspaper and the appointment of a new publisher to head the operation.
Richard Nelson has assumed duties as the editor and publisher of The Fairfield Recorder and the Teague Chronicle, acquired from longtime owner Patricia Massey Wilkins.
Both newspapers will maintain their offices in Fairfield and Teague.
The Teague Chronicle, founded in 1906, was published by the Massey family for 60 years. Ralph Massey began his tenure as editor and publisher in 1957 and brought the newspaper through technological changes while building an essential local business. Following Ralph Massey’s death in 1995, his widow, Patricia, took over with the help of longtime employee Steve Massey, a nephew. They ran the newspaper for more than 20 years until the sale in July.
Nelson, 52, an experienced Texas community newspaper editor and publisher, is moving from the Diboll Free Press, which he owned and operated as editor and publisher for six of his eight years there.
He began his newspaper career as a sports writer at the Baytown Sun while still in high school.
He has worked at several other newspapers across the state, from the Houston Post to smaller dailies and weeklies, including The Tyler Morning Telegraph, Jacksonville Daily Progress, Orange Leader and Fort Stockton Pioneer.