The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX


February 17, 2013

Reporting news ... both good and bad

GREENVILLE — It seems like there is a disproportionate amount of negative news out there.

Meteors in Russia. Broken down cruise ships. Civil war in Syria.

Locally, the pages of the Herald-Banner include a lot of crime, courts and politics. It is the bread and butter of community journalism, news that we don’t always want to read, but items that we need to report on.

That being said, a change of pace is always welcome. On Tuesday, we ran a feature on Lone Oak elementary student Sarah Shreve, who overcame her social anxiety disorder to enter a national video content, hoping to win $10,000 to better her school.

A shy 9-year-old whose outspoken video surprised fellow students and her teachers, Sarah quickly caught our readers’ attention with her calm smile and “thank you for voting” sign she held in her front page photo.

We hope Sarah wins and we’re thankful we had the opportunity to support her.

Stories like Sarah’s don’t come from city council meeting agendas, court proceedings or jail records. They come from our readers, whether via email, phone calls, Facebook comments or hand-written notes.

Obviously, we cannot cover every story, make every photo shoot or interview every person. But if we don’t know about something going on in the local community, we can’t write about it.

And there are a lot of great things going on in Greenville and Hunt County.

Whether it is the new restaurants opening up in Greenville, the new athletic director and head football coach in Commerce, local boy scouts gathering food for the needy, or Sarah in Lone Oak, good news is all around us.

Today’s Brunch feature focuses on a local couple, both of whom spend time on the mission field in East and Central Asia, working to better the living conditions of the local residents. We have some more exciting and interesting features that we will be printing in the near future.

With your help, we can cover everything going on in Hunt County. Don’t hesistate to call us (903-455-4220 ext. 324), email us (, visit our website ( or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.

We look forward to hearing from you.


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