G. J. Ragsdale

The American Legion recently honored The Record Newspapers with an award as best supporting newspaper in the state of Texas.

American Legion Post 250 of Orangefield/Bridge City presented the award to Roy Dunn, publisher of the newspaper, shortly after Post Commander Michael Reilly returned from the Legion State Conference last month. Reilly had accepted the award at the conference.

“I was thrilled when I heard the announcement calling for the commander of Post 250,” Reilly said. “This award recognizes our local newspaper as the most outstanding among some strong competitors.”

The Legion presents the award each year to the Texas newspaper that provided the best coverage of the American Legion and veterans issues. The local newspaper competed against large publications including daily newspapers in Dallas and Houston.

“We are proud to accept this award,” Dunn said. “Our staff works extremely hard to put out the best product in Orange County, and we have always been military friendly.”
Post 250 Chaplain Marv Howland had nominated The Record for the award, submitting news clips from many stories the two newspapers, The Penny Record and The County Record, had published. The stories ranged from a wide variety of veterans issues including the Blue Banner program, promoted by Post 250, and other activities of Post 250 with local veterans. In addition, The Record has been honoring returning Iraq service members with feature stories. Howland said he submitted several articles.
“I was compelled to submit our local newspaper for this award considering the outstanding support they have given all our Post and all area veterans through the years,” Howland said. “This honor for The Record Newspapers is also an honor to all Orange County veterans.”

“Thanks to The Record, our Post has been able to honor local service members home on leave from Iraq,” said Jerry Childress, Post 250 Service Officer. “The most recent has been Travis Nelson. When we saw his story in The Record, we were able to contact Travis and arrange for a special tribute and Certificate.”

Childress, who is also the Orange County Veterans Service Officer and former executive editor of The Record, said he is extremely pleased to see his former newspaper continue its outstanding coverage of veterans and the issues sacred to them.

“My office has kept in close contact with the staff of The Record,” Childress said. “They have always been happy to publish press releases and columns we have submitted for the benefit of our local vets.”

Dunn said The Record Newspapers was founded in 1960 as a Bridge City/Orangefield paper. The newspaper later expanded branching out with The County Record to establish news and feature coverage countwide. Through the 1970s, the Dunn family owned the Opportunity Valley News, a popular weekly newspaper.