Bruce Wayne Beal

Bruce Wayne Beal

WEIMAR – A memorial service for Bruce Wayne Beal, owner, publisher and editor of the Weimar Mercury, was held Jan. 13 at the First United Methodist Church of Weimar.
He died Jan. 7 in Houston, at the age of 68. 
Beal was born July 6, 1949, to Clyde Beal and Ruth Gieseke Beal in Dallas. He grew up in Dallas and Sweetwater before his family moved to Houston, where he graduated from Spring Woods High School. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a journalism degree in 1971. 

Chappell named publisher for Cleburne Times-Review


CLEBURNE – Lisa Chappell, a veteran Texas newspaper executive, has been appointed publisher of the Cleburne Times-Review.
She replaces Kay Helms, who recently retired. 
Chappell is the publisher of the Weatherford Democrat, the Mineral Wells Index, the Gainesville Daily Register and the Greenville Herald-Banner, in addition to their affiliated weekly publications in Royse City, Commerce and Rockwall County. She will continue in those roles as well. 

Blake Roberts joins line of family publishers at Andrews County News


ANDREWS – James Blake Roberts is the seventh member and fourth generation of his family to oversee operations of the Andrews County News, founded in 1934 when his great grandfather Charles Roberts Sr. moved his family to Andrews from Seagraves.
His promotion to publisher was announced in January by Randall Roberts, president of Roberts Publishing Co., Inc.

Nelson assumes duties as Mexia News publisher


MEXIA – Richard Nelson is the new publisher of The Mexia News and Groesbeck Journal, replacing Harry Darby, who announced in November he would leave at year end to pursue other interests.
Nelson moved to Limestone County from Freestone County, where he had served as publisher of The Teague Chronicle and The Fairfield Recorder since July 2017.

O’Malley succeeds Nelson as Teague Chronicle publisher


TEAGUE – Tim O’Malley, former managing editor of The Mexia News, has been promoted to editor and publisher of the Teague Chronicle and the Fairfield Recorder. 
He succeeds Richard Nelson, who took a similar role with the Mexia News and Groesbeck Journal.
The native of Florida, reared in Arizona with military service in the Air Force, said his first job in the newspaper business was delivering newspapers and writing sports part time for the Jackson County Herald Tribune in 2012. 

Leadership change announced at Moore County News Press

Moore County News-Press Publisher Michael Wright and Publisher Emeritus Wanda Brooks are shown with John Lancaster, Jeff Selsor and Charles Lancaster.

DUMAS – Moore County News-Press publisher Wanda Brooks has been named publisher emeritus of the publication, with former managing editor Michael Wright assuming the role of publisher.
Wright has 21 years of industry experience, including 13 years with the News-Press. 
Brooks began her 23-year career with the News-Press as office manager in 1994. She served in that capacity until being promoted to publisher of the News-Press in February of 2008. 

Texas Newspaper Foundation Hall of Fame inducts 2018 class

Retired AP reporter Mike Cochran shares some of his experiences with the audience as he accepts Hall of Fame induction from Texas Newspaper Foundation President Larry Jackson.
Debi Ryan, publisher of the Nacogdoches Daily Sentinel, accepts the Hall of Fame award on behalf of the Victor B. Fain family. Former publisher Gary Borders (far left) was also hand to help Texas Newspaper Foundation President Larry Jackson make the presentation.
Accepting the Hall of Fame award for John C. Taylor from TFN President Larry Jackson are daughters Beth Taylor (center) and Lisa Weinstein.
Veteran newspaper publisher and Southern Newspapers, Inc. President Dolph Tillotson accepts the award commemorating his Hall of Fame induction from Texas Newspaper Foundation President Larry Jackson.

GALVESTON — Unique local coverage, important to both readers and advertisers, is key to the future of community newspapers, Texas Press Association members were told at the annual Midwinter Conference and Trade Show in January.
Overcoming adversity — both from market factors and during natural disasters in the communities newspapers serve — was the theme of the “Come Hell or High Water” conference held in Galveston. The importance of hometown newspapers’ local coverage was also a central theme of the sales programs presented during the conference.

Covering disaster close to home

Mary Judson, co-publisher of the Port Aransas South Jetty, and Laurie Ezzell-Brown, publisher of The Canadian Record, shared their experiences in the ‘Come Hell or High Water’ midwinter conference presentation.
Moderator Leonard Woolsey, publisher of the Galveston County Daily News, and panel members Yvonne Mintz, publisher of The Facts in Clute; Brenda Burr, publisher of the Bay City Tribune; and Michael A. Smith, editor of the Galveston County Daily News, explain how they and their staffs covered the flooding that inundated coastal areas weeks after Hurricane Harvey’s initial impact.

Two panels of community journalists gave programs concerning how their staffs covered disasters impacting Texas in 2017.
In the program entitled “Come Hell or High Water,” Canadian Record Publisher Laurie Ezzell-Brown discussed covering ice storms and wildfires in the Texas Panhandle and Port Aransas South Jetty Publisher Mary Judson discussed how she used a disaster plan to keep her family newspaper running while directing coverage of the devastation.