Today marks a major milestone that Jim and I eagerly anticipated for the past few years. For Jim, the prospect of celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the day we launched Guidry News Service helped to give him the strength to endure the harrowing medical crisis in 2015 that ultimately claimed his life on January 21st of this year.
It is with sadness, but also great pride, that I mark this day.
One thing hasn’t changed over all these years and that is my gratitude for the audience that has supported the service that Jim envisioned and for all the talented and generous people who have helped Jim and me to craft and deliver a superior news product every single day for twenty years.
On July 8, 1996 we launched Galveston Fax, our first newsletter, which used the cutting edge computer technology of the day to broadcast-fax daily reports to subscribers of a niche market, organizations and individuals who were interested in the outcomes of posted public meetings of local governing bodies.
For the nostalgic or curious, here is a copy of our first issue. Click Here
The years have been good to Guidry News Service. We have had good associates along the way.
Managing Editor Garrett Bryce handles our coverage of commissioners courts and city councils in five counties on the Texas Gulf Coast. He has been with us since 2008, setting new standards in 21st Century journalism. His high standards and remarkable work ethic can’t be over stated.
John David Suayan, who joined our team in 2014, serves as our a Galveston County correspondent and specializes in keeping our audience informed on the many and complex issues related to mass transportation needs and development in our region.
We have maintained long-term relationships with other associates, such as Lora-Marie Bernard who helped us launch the service and is now doing special reports for us throughout the region and beyond.
Three very valuable contributors who have helped us throughout the years and continue to provide quality reports from the communities with serve are Juan Peña and Robert Mihovil in Galveston and Jim’s brother, Carl Guidry, in Jefferson County.
Some associates stay with us for a while and then move on. We were very fortunate to employ the talents of Jennifer Olin as Arts & Culture editor until she recently changed her focus to teaching.
Russell Owen, who provides technical assistance, continues to be a vital part of our evolution as an Internet-based publisher.
Guidry News Service is thankful for our subscribers and advertisers. We especially appreciate those who have supported us from our first day.
Thank you all very much!