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Have We Been Gaslighting Elmo?

By Chuck Roy, Publisher Last week our Associated Press subscription lit up with yet another viral moment. It was about one of our favorite TV characters – Sesame Street’s Elmo. And it seems that Elmo’s unhinged rant about a pet rock resonates with many exasperated citizens and that many Americans said that they could relate to Elmo’s sense of frustration....

Keeping Rover from Roaming

By Jim Rogers, Editor Tuesday, January 18, 2022 may be easily overlooked as the community rushes out of a holiday and into the everyday of life. However, the day may serve as a key moment in creating good neighbors and a better life for outdoor dogs. The Safe Outdoor Dogs Act (Senate Bill 5) went into effect Tuesday. The law...

Birth of a Social Conscience

By Jim Rogers, Editor My social conscience was born when I was nine years old. Although I did not identify it as that at the time, the effect of a morning in the Fall of 1960 has stayed in my memory all these years. It was the second week of school and new English grammar books had arrived. They were...

It’s Not Complicated

By Chuck Roy, Publisher We are not complicated; we are simply a local newspaper focused on our community. And we know we are defying the odds. Yet, we’re growing in spite of the heresy and the hysteria. In an era when many local newspapers are struggling, The Winnsboro News has recently added almost 120 new subscribers and a dozen, or...

A Continuity of Community

By Chuck Roy, Publisher, The Winnsboro News It’s Christmas, filled with strings of lights, festive songs, and excitement that children feel when you say the word, “Christmas.” I love it, and I suspect that most of you do as well. I hope so, anyway. At Christmas, there’s a joy and love that we want to share with everyone around us....

Change is Good

By Jim Rogers, Editor While the guy next door dreams during the break between Christmas and New Year’s, because that is what Publishers do – dream. I clear out last year’s unwanted baggage, excessive files, old calendars, and begin organizing files and calendars to be the new baggage for the New Year — that’s what editors do. Much of the...

Chuck and Nancy Roy

New Owners Acquire The Winnsboro News

By Jim Rogers, Editor    As the New Year begins with a fresh outlook on the future, so does the look, feel, and intent of The Winnsboro News. On November 1, 2021 a new ownership group purchased this newspaper. Over the past two months, plans have been put in place and implementation of those plans is now shaping 2022 and...

Manuel Pasillas

Pasillas Named New Librarian

By Enola Gay Mathews Winnsboro’s Gilbreath Memorial Library has a new librarian. Manuel Pasillas began his task Tuesday January 4, 2022 among the stacks of his new environs. After spending some months assisting at public libraries in Rockwall and McKinney, Pasillas spent part of 2021 as an employee of the Sulphur Springs Public Library in 2021, and was referred by...

Municipalities have Guidelines

By Jim Rogers, Editor, The Winnsboro News Kudos to Winnsboro Mayor Andrea Newsome for her statement during the most recent city council meeting (see related story on page 5). Mayor Newsome stated that the city will cooperate with the Texas Environmental Quality Commission and the Texas Air Quality Control Commission as they deal with a local industrial concern. City Staff...

Integrity and Trustworthiness

Jim Rogers, Editor of The Winnsboro News Rumor mills, secret meetings, and gossip generate an environment of unrest and distrust, especially in small towns. Add to those age-old culprits of discontent the use of social media and text messages and you find a perfect environment for discord. Often, the motivation for such nonsense are accusations made, not based on merit,...

Not Home for the Holidays

By Chuck Roy, Publisher, The Winnsboro News If there are any people around Winnsboro who do not believe that The Great Sickness hasn’t adjusted our lives, then it is now time to climb out from under that rock of isolationism. The pandemic has been a game changer this year and those changes are likely to last a very long time. ...