Herald honored as business of the month
Date: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Sonia Duggan/The Princeton Herald
C&S Media publications include The Princeton Herald, The Farmersville Times,
Murphy Monitor, The Sachse News, The Wylie News and In and Around Magazine.
The Princeton Herald was selected as the August chamber business of the month. The Herald has been published since 1970 when it was started by Bob Poole, owner of The Farmersville Times.
Poole had been publishing the Times and saw covering Princeton as a natural fit since the Times had covered Princeton news (as well as Blue Ridge, Culleoka and Josephine) since the early 1930’s.
In 1993, C&S Media was formed by Chad Engbrock and Sonia Duggan to buy The Wylie News. In April 2000, the company purchased The Farmersville Times and The Princeton Herald. The Murphy Monitor and The Sachse News, were rolled out to be independent publications in 2005.
C&S Media publications include five weekly newspapers, each with their own website and In & Around Magazine which changed from an annual publication to a monthly magazine format in June 2012.
Duggan is editor-in-chief of the magazine. The Farmersville Times, is the grandfather of the group, having first published on March 19, 1885. The Wylie News began in 1948.
“I really had no idea what C&S would become,” said Engbrock. “After we bought The Wylie News, the Farmersville and Princeton newspapers were on my radar due to my work with the parent company of Dallas Times Herald. I knew Bob Poole, the publisher, and the purchase would allow him to retire and us to expand to three papers. When we rolled out the Murphy and Sachse papers, we had already been covering those communities in The Wylie News for 25 years and 12 years, respectively. At the time, newspapers in the area were shrinking. We just went the other way and rolled out two more products.”
.They are consistently recognized by the Texas Press Association and the North and East Texas Press Association for their content, photography, and advertising design.
Being a newspaper owner in a small town is not for the faint hearted or those wanting to be popular. At times, you will have many people who will disagree with a story or the coverage.
Fewer and fewer local papers have weathered the storm. C&S Media’s success can be attributed to Engbrock’s hands-on approach with day-to-day operations and his mantra, “Every community deserves the best newspaper it can afford.”
The papers are an ongoing history book covering local events, school board and city council meetings, local sports and everything in between. They support the people, accomplishments and the community, contributing hundreds of thousands of dollars over the years in advertising to local nonprofit organizations. C&S Media is also involved in Newspapers in Education, which encourages children to develop good reading habits and gain a better understanding of their community.
“Newspapers have a very bright future,” said Engbrock. “More people than ever read newspapers either in print or digital versions.
“The need for information you can trust has never been greater. We just need the continued support of our readers and advertisers. Through them we can provide our communities with the best possible coverage they deserve.”
To subscribe or place a classified, call 972-442-5515 or go to princetonherald.com.
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