The Palmer Post

Joey G. Dauben | Friendship Over Politics by Joey G. Dauben
April 9, 2011, 7:47 pm
Filed under: Palmer Volunteer Fire Dept., The Palmer Post, The Podium

I tire of the Bloods vs. Crips factions in these small towns. That’s why my generation of 21-to-35-year-olds (I turned 30 Feb. 8) are seeking a new way out of all that in Ellis County and virtually elsewhere. But mainly, Ellis County is unique. I own nearly 40 newspapers and one thing that is constant, from big towns (Balch Springs, pop. 26,000) to small towns (Palmer, pop. 2,000), and that is this intra-town warfare between families and political alliances. You dance with one of two groups in these small towns, and I’ve learned that more so by living and establishing Freedom of the Press Group HQ in Palmer. Then, there are the silver linings. I’ve met a lot of very interesting people in all of these towns (some towns, such as Venus, are a bit more public than the rest), some I consider my closest friends. Sometimes, when those friends are related to public officials, it becomes extremely difficult to explain why I have to “expose” wrongdoing — and that sometimes includes writing about the very people my friends are related to. In the 10 years and counting I’ve been doing this business, I’ve not made very many super-close friendships. Then, some people who I’ve let in my inner-circle over the years as either writers, reporters, etc. have turned out to be snakes — John Allen “Jay” Hoskins, Exhibit A.

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The Palmer Post | Jan. 14, 2011 Issue by Joey G. Dauben
January 7, 2011, 10:09 pm
Filed under: Palmer Volunteer Fire Dept., The Palmer Post

This is by no means the final version of the Jan. 14 issue, but it is 85 percent complete:

Click Here to Read The Palmer Post Jan. 14, 2011 Issue

Want to Start a Fire? Find & Follow the Missing Money from Palmer’s Volunteer Fire Dept. by Joey G. Dauben
January 5, 2011, 1:55 am
Filed under: Emergency Services District No. 9, Palmer Volunteer Fire Dept.

This is the longest, most in-depth, thorough open records/public information request I have ever written. I know there is embezzlement going on within the Palmer Volunteer Fire Dept., with Chief Ricky McElhaney‘s wife “doing the books.” There’s a lot of missing money, according to sources on the inside of PVFD. We’re not talking just little bits and pieces here and there, but upwards of $20,000 is missing, and that’s what I’m going to find out…where it went, who it went to, what checks and balances exist to maintain this never happens again, etc.

Regardless of what “good” they’ve done in the community or town, stealing is still wrong. Embezzlement is theft, and it is a felony. And those who know what is going on but don’t say anything, are just as guilty of embezzlement as they are. To the brave souls inside PVFD and ESD No. 9 and the City of Palmer who are leaking this information to me, thank you! Your identities will never be made known. People can subpoena me, take me to court, threaten me with jail or set my newspapers on fire…my sources won’t be revealed.


To those who continue to accuse me of purposely stirring up trouble, I find it ironic that you are the very family that is accused of embezzlement, thievery, misappropriation of funds and all sorts of other indictable offenses. I find it absolutely hilarious and hysterical that I’m being accused of writing things “on purpose” for people to hate my guts, but yet those who attack me are the ones covering up for this embezzlement! Now if that isn’t just the clearest form of hypocrisy. We will find out where the public’s money has gone…

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