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Barbee named District 27 field representative

Barbee

EL CAMPO –  U.S. Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Corpus Christi) has named former publisher and longtime El Campo resident Chris Barbee as his district field representative for the southern end of the 27th Congressional District. 
Barbee will handle Wharton, Matagorda, Jackson and Calhoun counties. 

Walker named Paris News publisher

Walker

PARIS – Interim publisher and longtime business manager Relan Walker has assumed the role of publisher of The Paris News, Dolph Tillotson, president of Southern  Newspapers Inc., announced.
Walker said her goal is to continue the Paris News’ tradition of quality and community-minded coverage. She pledged to “make sure the employees of the Paris News have the resources and support they need to produce a quality product each day.”

Brian Brisendine takes helm as publisher of Brownfield News

Brisendine

Brian Brisendine, 38, has succeeded his late father as as editor and publisher of the Brownfield News.
Lynn Brisendine, publisher since April 1977, died Oct. 14. 
The younger Brisendine is a Brownfield native, reared in the community. He graduated from Brownfield High School in 1997.
He is a 2001 graduate of West Texas A&M  University in Canyon with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications/print journalism and a minor in English. While in college, he worked as sports editor, reporter, news editor, and advertising saleperson at the Canyon News.

2018 Directory Cover Photo Contest voting opens

Voting for the 2018 Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Photo Contest is open through 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 3.
Texas Press Association member photographers were invited to submit entries for the cover of the 2018 Texas Newspaper Directory. In this year’s contest, 21 entries were received. 

Enter TPA's directory cover contest

Examples of directory covers in past years

Photographers at all TPA member newspapers are encouraged to submit their best work in the 2018 Texas Newspaper Directory Cover Photo Contest. Entries are being accepted through Oct. 13.  
Photos should reflect the Texas spirit through landscapes, architecture, festival activities, wildlife and/or nature photography.

Jim Simmon

Jim Simmon

HOUSTON – Jim Simmon, 63, an editor whose career included stints with four Texas daily newspapers, was among the people lost during Houston area flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.
Simmon, who had retired and was coming to terms with early-onset dementia, disappeared from his Montrose home on Aug. 30. He was the subject of an area-wide search for two weeks. His body was found in Fort Bend County. An autopsy was ordered, but law enforcement officials believed the cause of death was drowning.