For those of you who do not know me, my name is Tony Juays. Let me give you a brief history of the site, tell you a little about myself and give you my vision for the future of the site.
Becky Holland and myself launched this site at the end of March 2016. Initially I was quite involved with maintaining the site and posting and updating posts. Beginning of May I decided to take a step back from being so involved and handed the reigns to Becky and told her that she could run the site as she saw fit and retain 100% of any income derived from the site. Subsequently Becky has found an editorial position outside of Marshall which meant she could no longer be involved with the site. The initial handover period for the site was going to be in September but this was moved forward to this past Sunday. The site is now my soul responsibility. I am grateful for what Becky has done with the site while she has had custodianship and I wish her all the best in her future endeavors. While I definitely had plans for the site I was only planning to implement them (or need to implement them) in September, hence the sudden change over has caught me off guard and will try to speed up the changes with your help.
A little about me, I have been in Marshall, TX for 11 years and do not planning on moving anywhere soon. My wife, Melanie, and I have been married for 28 years (Sept 3rd), we have 2 children, our son Gareth is a firefighter in Longview and our daughter is the manager at a SportClips in Longview. I am a conservative Christian and believe that the Word of God has final authority. My desire is that this website reflects those values and beliefs. In terms of Marshall, I support any effort to move Marshall forward. I support the current City Commissioners under the leadership of Eric Neal, I support the Marshall Police Force under the leadership of Chief Eddie Campa, I support the MISD Board of Trustees and their effort to build a better future for the children of our town. Again I hope the “flavor” of the site reflects that support.
In terms of Pineywoods News:
Pineywoods News website has only been going for 3 months and can already report that we have had 14476 users visit the site and those users have viewed 25756 pages. Those are impressive figures for such a young website.
To our advertisers, thank you for your support and belief in the start up of this site. Please be assured your adverts will continue till the end of the agreed period but we would also like to ask for your continued support in the future. We have some exciting changes for our advertisers that will give your company more exposure than just the ad. I will get around to you over the next few weeks and introduce myself and explain the exciting changes. We also look forward with partnering with new advertisers in the future. If you are interested in advertising on http://pineywoods.news website then please email me via email@example.com and I would love to come and tell you more about our offering.
To our local businesses, organizations, schools, police, fire, city etc that have been forwarding your press releases for us to publish please continue to do so via email to firstname.lastname@example.org we will get them up on our website as soon as possible.
We are always looking for content for the website and we are willing to pay you. If you are passionate about a certain topic and would like to write an article about it then we will publish it and pay you. Whether it’s about cooking, gardening, Christian faith, politics, local news etc etc we would love to have you write for us, whether it’s a once off article or a weekly column we would be interested in talking to you. I plan on having a meeting with potential writers in the next few weeks to explain what we are looking for and how payment will work. It’s pretty exciting! If you are interested in attending a meeting to learn mere about writing for Pineywoods News, then please email me via email@example.com and I look forward to meeting you.
Well that’s all for now, I will release new information about the site as and when it becomes available. In the meantime if you have any questions then please email me via firstname.lastname@example.org