By JIM PERRY, Publisher
Gainesville Daily Register
When I first came here I was fascinated by the positive attitude and community involvement of so many of the people I met. Folks love it here and are committed to making this place be the best it can be.
This is an approach I fully support.
Soon, I began to meet those who could only see the negative side of things. They said there was nothing going on here, everything costs too much, there aren’t any good jobs and the newspaper sucks. Excuse me? I beg to disagree.
Early on, I took it upon myself to try to get to the bottom of things.
I asked around and got introduced into several circles. I wanted to find out where folks think this community is headed and where they want it to go. I also wanted to know what they think about their local daily newspaper and how it can better serve the community.
Talk about a can of worms…
After the gripes and suggestions I was told all about what a great newspaper the Register is and how it was a key player in this community, especially during the old days. The Register has strong ties to this community-- it has history, 122 years of it to be exact.
The Gainesville Register was founded by the Leonard family back in 1890. It is still the only local daily newspaper operating in Cooke County. It is our job as your local paper to give you all the local news that happens every day and affects our daily lives. We are committed to printing more local news and photos that anyone else. We
will provide local information that you won’t find anywhere else. That includes the good, the bad and the ugly.
I think we need to do more than that.
Are we the most patriotic town in the United States? You bet we are.
We’ve got “Medal of Honor week” honoring more American heroes than anywhere else in the country. We’ve got the spirit, the flags and the fireworks. We’ve got “Gainesville Pride” and we know it. One of the stories out front today tells how you can participate in helping
Gainesville garner a national title for “most patriotic town.” So, jump on board. Get a t-shirt, a bumper sticker, wave your flag and celebrate our independence. After all, it’s what we do.
There are good things happening in Gainesville. The summer edition of “Around Town” magazine comes out today. I hope you’ll take a look at
it. This quarterly magazine takes a positive outlook and focuses on the good things that are happening in Cooke County. With a reach of more than 20,000 readers and glossy full-color printing, we’ll put Gainesville’s best foot forward. In this issue, the sky’s the limit.
That’s no pun, that’s the name of our new hot-air balloon festival coming Sept. 7 – 9 at Gainesville Municipal Airport. Also featured in this issue is Rodeo Gainesville, summer sounds, our area artists and a look back at the famous Gainesville Circus.. We’ve also got a story on reining horses. Are you familiar with that? Take a look.
You’ll find the magazine at local businesses and convenience stores as well as many professional offices. We want to reach visitors to our community so we will also have copies at the local hotels.
Distribution will include the chambers of commerce, the zoo and the public library. There are 300 local distribution drops where free copies will be available. We’re also including a copy in today’s paper for home delivery subscribers.
When you get right down to it, the success of Gainesville and Cooke County is not solely the responsibility of our chamber and economic development people. The buck stops with us, the folks who live and work here. How our region is viewed by others depends on what we say in the coffee shops, the grocery store and how we present our community when asked. We live in a very unique community that has a lot going for it.
Let’s work together to promote our fair city. Gainesville may have been the best kept secret in north Texas, but by working together we can have a first-rate, quality tourist destination. We can attract clean industry, add jobs and build our diversified economy. We can improve our quality of life through nurturing and promoting the arts.
It’s all here, but we have to work together and pay it forward.
It’s what we do.