Panhandle Herald Staff
In 1937, on the golden anniversary of the Panhandle Herald
, in the July 22 edition, these words were written: “The record of 50 years was not achieved because of ability alone of the editors…This record is a tribute to the stability of the ‘Panhandle of Texas,’ a region which has surpassed probably the most extravagant hopes of the pioneers.” And we would add, 77 years later, that it’s a tribute to the wonderful people of this community, who contribute so much to our publication!
The Panhandle Herald is the oldest continuing business in the Texas Panhandle. All four pages of the Panhandle Herald, were first published on Thursday, July 22, 1887 by Henry Harrold Brookes with wooden blocks and wooden presses he built himself. Now, that’s tenacity!
We’ve come a long way! With all of the current technology, we’re able to send our information to the printing press with the touch of a button, and voila!
Of course, that doesn’t mean running the paper is easy! Our diligently gathered information entails extensive research, deliberation and sometimes headache-inducing editing! There’s a lot that goes into the publication of the news!
As far as we could tell, in January of 2001 the Panhandle Herald and White Deer News were combined. We could not find an article to confirm this, but that is the month and the year in the archives where they are both bound together for the first time.
Current owners of the Panhandle Herald/White Deer News are Shaun and Frank Wink, who acquired the business from Joe and Jean Miller in August of 2009.
As chief editor, Shaun, oversees both the Panhandle Herald and White Deer News, but can most often be found in her office in Panhandle with Traci McMinn in accounts payable/receivable and assistant editor Dolly Cowan. Lois Ricks is the editor of the White Deer News, and Linda Robertson is the circulation manager there.
Besides these five, we do have many other kind contributors, who make our job at the Herald easier; Ann Metcalf, Billy Bob Brown, Bill Gray, Tammy Wendel, Keirstyn Kelley and Christle Brown, to name a few. And, of course, the school, library, city and county offices are good to send us reader-interest material.
We, at the Panhandle Herald, take seriously our job to report news accurately and efficiently. We respect and appreciate our readers. Not all news in the Herald is good news, but most of it is!
The Herald office is located at 319 Main Street in Panhandle and operates from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, and our Friday hours are flexible. We will post a sign on the door if we are going to be out of the office. We will be closed this Friday, of course, in honor of our nation’s birthday!
There is a convenient drop box by the door of our office, in which payments, articles, etc. can be placed.
If you would like to put an article in the paper, the deadline is 5 p.m. on Tuesday.
If you do not have a subscription to the newspaper, you may purchase a paper from the Herald office or Thriftway Grocery Store. We also have back copies in the office.
Acquiring a subscription is as easy as a phone call or a visit to the office. Subscriptions also make great gifts! Online subscriptions are available, too.
We are always happy to come and take pictures for a story. Just call 537-3634 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, readers and contributors, for keeping the Panhandle Herald an ongoing legacy we can be proud of!