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



Palmer PD: Citations/Tickets (Sept. 2010 – Dec. 2010) by Joey G. Dauben
January 6, 2011, 9:45 pm
Filed under: Palmer 75152, Palmer Police Dept., The Palmer Post

Palmer Police Officer Mike Aston
Photo By: Dick Austin

Database of All Dallas/Fort Worth Cops:
www.elliscountycops.com

Palmer Police Department
Officer Activity Report
Sept. 1, 2010 – Sept. 30, 2010

Officer Phil Shelton
Citations: 148 (11.45% of total)

Chris Mendez
Citations: 221 (17.10%)

Robert Burross
Citations: 21 (1.62%)

Samuel Melendez
Citations: 107 (8.2%)

Rick Hammer
Citations: 214 (16.56%)

Bill Crews
Citations: 276 (21.36%)

Isidro Lopez
Citations: 6 (0.4%)

Michael C. Aston
Citations: 298 (23%)

Palmer Police Department
Officer Activity Report
Oct. 1, 2010 – Oct. 31, 2010

Officer Phil Shelton
Citations: 135 (8.6%)

John Zaidle
Citations: 3 (0.19%)

Chris Mendez
Citations: 279 (17.78%)

Samuel Melendez
Citations: 160 (10.19%)

Rick Hammer
Citations: 389 (24.79%)

Bill Crews
Citations: 216 (13.76%)

Isidro Lopez
Citations: 1 (0.06%)

Daryl Ray Spence
Citations: 2 (0.12%)

Michael C. Aston
Citations: 384 (24.47%)

Palmer Police Department
Officer Activity Report
Nov. 1, 2010 – Nov. 30, 2010

Officer Phil Shelton
Citations: 115 (8.85%)

Chris Mendez
Citations: 309 (23.80%)

Samuel Melendez
Citations: 91 (7.01%)

Rick Hammer
Citations: 231 (17.79%)

Bill Crews
Citations: 269 (20.72%)

Michael C. Aston
Citations: 283 (21.80%)

Palmer Police Department
Officer Activity Report
Dec. 1, 2010 – Dec. 31, 2010

Officer Phil Shelton
Citations: 156 (11.15%)

John Zaidle
Citations: 3 (0.21%)

Chris Mendez
Citations: 312 (22.31%)

Samuel Melendez
Citations: 138 (9.8%)

Rick Hammer
Citations: 262 (18.74%)

Bill Crews
Citations: 148 (10.58%)

Isidro Lopez
Citations: 8 (0.57%)

Michael C. Aston
Citations: 346 (24.74%)



The Palmer Post: Before & After by Joey G. Dauben
January 2, 2011, 3:33 pm
Filed under: Palmer, Palmer 75152, The Palmer Post

I’m not understanding all the hostility and outrage being directed towards The Palmer Post and me personally for the articles, content and what’s going on. I mean, we didn’t hear about this much stuff when the “old” Palmer Post was around, did we? We didn’t hear any hostile reactions and accusations that I just like to cause people to hate me when those anonymous pink sheets were distributed around elections did we? So what is the difference?

There were lawsuits over this paper from John Templer and former Mayor Mike Greenlee to get to the bottom of this Palmer Post (before my purchase of it), to find out who was behind it. There were little dust-ups at Jenny’s Cafe in downtown because people would get furious after reading it, but the bombardment over The Palmer Post…must be doing something effective.

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The Palmer Post Web site Stats (2010) by Joey G. Dauben
January 2, 2011, 2:47 pm
Filed under: Local Media, News Staff, The Palmer Post

The Palmer Post Web site was launched in early 2010 after I bought the paper last January, started Freedom of the Press Group and decided to replicate The Palmer Post model into other towns.

The Web site, as tracked by WordPress.com, was a total surprise on a few things:

Happy New Year from WordPress.com! To kick off the year, we’d like to share with you data on how your blog has been doing. Here’s a high level summary of your overall blog health:

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The Palmer Post | Dec. 24, 2010 Issue by Joey G. Dauben
December 27, 2010, 9:14 pm
Filed under: The Palmer Post

The Dec. 24, 2010 issue is now online. Readers can view the entire issue by clicking here: http://www.elliscountyobserver.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/12/PalmerPostDec24.pdf

 



The Palmer Post | Dec. 3, 2010 Issue (First-Ever Color Issue) by Joey G. Dauben
December 6, 2010, 1:30 am
Filed under: News Staff, The Palmer Post

Instead of posting the issue in full online (via .PDF form), we made a YouTube video of reporter/columnist Brandy L. Owen flipping through the pages of the paper: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ZMQ4edoZ6A

 

The paper, due to the color costing so much, is now 75 cents (three quarters), so thanks to all of the readers who continue to support the paper.