Groesbeck Journal and Mexia News welcome new Publisher

Staff Report

While welcoming in the new year the Groesbeck Journal and The Mexia News are also welcoming in a new publisher.

Richard Nelson takes the reins as the Groesbeck Journal Publisher and The Mexia News’ editor and publisher, replacing Harry Darby who announced in November he would be leaving at the end of the year to pursue other interests.

Nelson has been in the newspaper business since 1983 when he started as a sports writer at his hometown paper, The Baytown Sun, while still in high school. He has worked at several other newspapers across the state, from the Houston Post to smaller dailies and weeklies, including The Tyler Morning Telegraph, Jacksonville Daily Progress, Orange Leader and Fort Stockton Pioneer.

Nelson moved to Diboll about nine years ago. Diboll is 10 miles south of Lufkin. While residing there he purchased the town’s paper, The Diboll Free Press.

Six months ago, a change was in the air.

“I was looking for a new opportunity at that point in my life. Harry and I worked together before, and I was using him as a sounding board. He told me of an opportunity in Freestone County. Three weeks later here I was,” Nelson said.

Nelson has been publisher of The Teague Chronicle and The Fairfield Recorder since July.

Now, just six months later, Nelson takes over the editing and publishing duties at The Mexia News.

“This is an awesome opportunity. I loved my time in Teague and Fairfield and am glad I’ll still be close,” Nelson said.

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