Last week the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce named Dr. Jamey Harrison, BCISD superintendent, ‘Citizen of the year.’ They also named a local business steeped in local history as ‘Business of the Year.’

The Record Newspapers, which include The County Record, The Penny Record and TheRecordLive.Com, have been named Bridge City’s 2010 ‘Business of the Year.’

The Penny Record came about as an accident during the 60’s and, in the mid 90’s, the County Record made it’s debut. The expansion led to the widest circulation of any newspaper in Orange County.

The Record’s web site, TheRecordLive.Com, made it’s debut in 2008 and is one of the fastest growing Web sites in Orange County. The Record has even expanded to reach their readers by using Facebook and Twitter.

It has often been said that The Record is the only paper in its market where one can read homespun town talk – the things other papers used to print but don’t anymore such as residents’ trip to visit relatives, while not forgetting news of interest concerning government, education, tourism and economic development.

The original office was destroyed due to Hurricane Ike. The staff is split between two offices, one in Bridge City and one in Orange. The Bridge City office houses the distribution staff and the advertising sales reps, while the Orange office houses the editorial staff. One thing that hasn’t changed is the readership and acceptance of the paper.

‘Everybody reads the Record’ still holds true.

No paper in Orange County can compare to the local coverage in sports, community events and the value offered to advertisers. The Record is locally owned and operated, which is rare by today’s standards.

The dedicated staff, both editorial and professional, and the wonderful advertisers have been the reason why The Record still thrives.

The Penny Record has been in existence for over 50 years, which makes it eligible for a Historical Marker. The Record is an award-winning newspaper, winning awards in every category possible, and continues to be the only free, hometown newspaper in Orange County.

Dr. Jamey Harrison and The Record Newspapers will be honored at the Bridge City Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet on Thursday, Feb. 17 beginning at 7 p.m.

Tickets to the event are $20 and maybe be purchased at the BC Chamber, located at 150 W. Roundbunch; COS Printing, located at 1600 Texas, Ave.; or at Bridge City Bank, located at 701 W. Roundbunch all in Bridge City.

About Nicole Gibbs

Editor of The Record Newspapers