KARNES COUNTY NEWSPAPERS SOLD TO BEEVILLE PUBLISHING COMPANY
Beeville Publishing Company recently announced the purchase of The Karnes County Times and The Karnes Countywide, two local newspapers serving Karnes County. The two newspapers will be merged into one newspaper under the name “The Karnes Countywide” and will be managed by Joe Baker, who has been hired as editor for the newly merged newspaper. The offices for the merged newspaper will be located at 110 S. Market Street in Karnes City where The Karnes Countywide offices are currently located. The date of the first issue under new ownership will be February 2. “We are very excited about this change in ownership and merger that will combine two newspapers into one for all of Karnes County,” Editor Joe Baker said. “Beeville Publishing Company is one of the best newspaper companies in Texas and we are looking forward to becoming part of their family of community newspapers.” “I believe this is truly “good news” for Karnes County.” “Beeville Publishing Company has the resources, knowledge and expertise that will help us produce a great newspaper for the people of Karnes County. Like I do, they believe in maintaining the highest standards of journalistic integrity while providing truthful, accurate, fair and balanced news coverage for all the communities that their newspapers serve. This is why I am so excited and happy about being hired by this company to be the editor of this newspaper serving Karnes County.” “Our goal is to continue to work hard to make this new newspaper, now under new ownership, a newspaper that this community can be proud of, because we are certainly proud to be a part of this community.” Beginning January 27, newspaper staff will contact subscribers and advertisers to assist them with any changes to advertising or subscriptions as may be necessary following the merger of the two newspapers. Beeville Publishing Company owns the Beeville Bee-Picayune, The Progress serving Live Oak and McMullen Counties and the Refugio County Press. The Beeville Bee-Picayune has been in publication since 1886 and has been owned and managed by the same family since 1892. Jeff and Chip Latcham are co-publishers of the Beeville Bee-Picayune and co-owners of Beeville Publishing Company.
STATE CHAMPIONS The Falls City Beavers defeated Windthorst Friday night in Mansfield to become state champions. This is the first time a Falls City football team has won a state championship and is also the first time a Karnes County football team has won a state title. See this week's newspaper for extended coverage of this story.
BREAKING NEWS -- 600-BED DETENTION FACILITY TO BE BUILT IN KARNES CITY
The GEO Group Announces Contract for New 600-Bed Immigration Civil Detention Center in Texas BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec 08, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
The GEO Group (NYSE: GEO) ("GEO") announced today that Karnes County, Texas (the "County") has been awarded an Intergovernmental Services Agreement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ("ICE") for the housing of up to 600 immigration detainees in a new 600-bed Civil Detention Center to be located in Karnes City, Texas (the "Facility"). The Center, which will be developed and operated by GEO pursuant to a subcontract between the County and GEO, will be the first facility designed and operated for low risk detainees.
GEO will finance, develop and manage the $32.0 million company-owned Facility, which is expected to be completed during the fourth quarter of 2011. GEO's management contract with the County is expected to generate approximately $15.0 million in annualized revenues.
George C. Zoley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GEO, said, "We appreciate the confidence placed in our company by Karnes County and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This important project will be the first Civil Detention Center for immigration detainees in the United States. We look forward to this new public-private partnership with Karnes County and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement."
The GEO Group is a world leader in the delivery of correctional, detention, and residential treatment services to federal, state, and local government agencies around the globe. GEO offers a turnkey approach that includes design, construction, financing, and operations. GEO represents government clients in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. GEO's worldwide operations include the management and/or ownership of approximately 80,600 beds at 118 correctional, detention and residential treatment facilities, including projects under development.
BEAVER FOOTBALL PLAYOFF INFORMATION:
STATE SEMIFINALS PLAYOFF GAME Falls City vs Bremond - Saturday at 6 pm in Bastrop Falls City will be designated the visiting team