Deputy Managing Editor Dave Miller turned into named Star Opinion Writer of the Year for his work in 2018 amongst newspapers within the Herald’s move class The Headliners Foundation of Texas and the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors gift Star Awards for each newspaper stream length. The award turned into announced Saturday night at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors convention in Austin. Herald military reporter David Bryant became named 2d area in the Star Reporter of the Year class. Bryant’s work covered his collection on deaths and debilitating health issues suffered using service contributors uncovered to poisonous smoke from burn pits used all through deployments.
He addressed numerous additional military issues. Among them had been troops at the border and the investigation into the deaths of 8 infantrymen and a cadet while a flash flood overturned their automobile on Fort Hood. The Herald additionally changed into honored with four awards earlier Saturday, on the convention luncheon. Miller won the second vicinity for editorial writing Bryant gained the second location for the area of expertise reporting on navy problems.
Freelance photographer Gabe Wolf received the second area for photojournalism, which acknowledges the effect of telling a single story in pics. Wolf’s photographed laundry day at Copperas Cove Independent School District. Volunteers washed extra than 2,000 pounds of misplaced and discovered items to receive to needy students. Former reporter Kyle Blankenship won 2nd place for a short function for his insurance of the February 2018 funeral service for three women who died in a Killeen house fire on Jan. 26, 2018.
Miller’s Star award and editorial writing award included a statement at the local water district’s first election in more than a long time. Miller talked about to readers they ought to vote for administrators of the Bell County Water Control and Improvement District No. 1, which has a multimillion-greenback contract with Killeen and has the city at the hook for $30 million to construct a new water plant.
Miller also addressed Killeen’s try to change the town charter to limit council oversight on fund transfers and decrease authorities’ transparency. Miller wrote: “That’s the closing component Killeen wishes after years of finances secrecy and questionable monetary management — which culminated two years ago in a proposed municipal budget that projected an $8 million shortfall.”
In a separate editorial approximately an improperly performed Central Texas College tax rate vote, Miller wrote: “Not knowing the law may be expensive. For the Central Texas College board of administrators, that value is about $780,000. That’s the amount of predicted revenue the university received be getting after it changed into compelled to forgo a previously authorized tax boom because the board’s movement didn’t meet the Texas Tax Code’s requirements for a majority vote.” In addition to his writing and modifying paintings, Miller has helped plan and slight Herald candidate forums and additionally serves as editor of the Harker Heights Herald. “On many tiers, Dave’s contributions, analytical capacity, and writing ability are very liked in our newsroom,” stated Herald Managing Editor Rose Fitzpatrick in her letter to AP nominating Miller. This is Miller’s 0.33 progressive Star award in this category. Also, in the final 12 months, he obtained the Star of Stars award from the Headliners Foundation of Texas for exceptional opinion writing amongst all competing papers inside the state of Texas.