Small Town Newspapers

I had the pleasure of attending a couple of Texas Press Association newspaper conferences in the past few months, TPA, South Texas Press and Texas Gulf Coast Press Association. I’m happy to report that The Fayette County Record was recognized and presented many awards of excellence at these conferences.

Upon leaving my friends and acquaintances to attend these meetings I was asked: Why are you going to these conferences? I reply that the newspaper has been in the Barton family for 43 years and I am the longest term employee and co-owner of the newspaper. Then the next question that is usually asked: Aren’t newspapers a dying business?

You have to realize that I now live in Richmond, a small town near Houston, which is actually a suburb of Houston. I moved here after retiring from La Grange ISD to be near my son’s family. I continue to do the newspaper’s corporate books, everything except accounts receivable. This is a job I have done for all of the 43 years which is mostly done from my home office, so the distance is not a factor.


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Fayette County Record

127 S. Washington St.
P.O. Box 400
La Grange, TX 78945
Ph: (979) 968-3155
Fx: (979) 968-6767