Breckenridge Texan

About Us

About Us

 

The Breckenridge Texan was founded in August 2017 by Breckenridge journalists Tony Pilkington and Carla McKeown. They drew on the input of many other local citizens when planning this website and its contents.

 

The community news website is dedicated to providing current, local coverage to Breckenridge and Stephens County, Texas, and the surrounding area, offering news, features, entertainment and sports information.

 

Nonprofit Status

From their first ideas about developing this website, Pilkington and McKeown wanted to ensure that Breckenridge would have a long-lasting, quality source for local news. With that in mind, they created the Breckenridge Texan as a nonprofit corporation. The Breckenridge Texan was created to inform, educate and entertain the citizens of Breckenridge, not to make a profit.

 

That means, the website can take donations, as well as sell ads, and all proceeds will be used to ensure the continuation of the Breckenridge Texan and its goals. The news site has a board of directors, and a plan is being put in place to educate and train future publishers, editors, reporters, etc., so that professional journalism will be one of the main priorities of the organization.

 

The Breckenridge Texan is a certified nonprofit corporation, as authorized by the Texas Secretary of State. We are in the process of filing for 501(c)(3) status with the U.S. Internal Revenue Service, but that is not yet complete. While we are not accountants or attorneys, we do know that the IRS website states that once the organization receives that status, all donations from the organizing of the nonprofit corporation (Sept. 14, 2017) to the date of 501(c)(3) designation will be retroactively tax deductible. Specifically, the IRS states on its website:

 

“When the IRS approves a timely filed exemption application, exempt status is recognized back to the date the organization was created. …  However, contributors to the organization do not have advance assurance of deductibility because the organization’s exemption is pending.  If the organization ultimately qualifies for exemption for the period in which the contribution is made, the contribution will be tax-deductible by the donor.  Alternatively, if the organization ultimately does not qualify for exemption, then the contribution will not be tax deductible.”

 

For more information, discuss the issue with your attorney or accountant.

 

The Founding Board of Directors

The Breckenridge Texan currently has an initial Board of Directors that consists of Tony Pilkington, Carla McKeown and Scott Fitzgerald. They are overseeing the setup of the organization and will elect a permanent board to continue oversight.

 

The Founders

Pilkington and McKeown have extensive media experience, including daily, semi-weekly and weekly newspapers, blogs, website and radio. Before moving to Breckenridge in 2002, the husband and wife team published Lubbock Magazine, a monthly arts and entertainment publication. They also have freelanced for a variety of media companies, including Texas Highways, the New York Times, the Dallas Morning News, the Houston Chronicle, the Associated Press and many others.

 

Pilkington is serving as Publisher and Managing Editor of the Breckenridge Texan, bringing to the position a long history as photojournalist, writer and editor in cities such as Houston, Huntsville and Lubbock, as well as having been the editor of the Breckenridge newspaper from October 2015 to December 2016. He has developed and taught photography classes and designed websites for a variety of businesses. He also has experience in the radio industry.

 

McKeown is serving as the Editor and Reporter of the Breckenridge Texan. She has spent much of her journalism career as a features writer and editor, including in Lubbock, Breckenridge and Graham. Additionally, she was the Editorial Adviser for the Department of Student Media at Texas Tech University for six years. She also has developed and taught classes on “How to Write Your Family History” and created a website, 365 Letters, which focuses on letter writing, stationery and other related topics.

 

Support

 

If you appreciate good journalism and the work we’re doing here, you can help keep it going by making a donation to the Breckenridge Texan nonprofit organization. Just click on the “Donate” button below, and it will take you to page where you can pay with your credit card or a PayPal account. Thank you for your support!

 






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Announcement

QUILT SHOW The Breckenridge Fine Arts Center’s 2018 Quilt Show opened May 8 and will continue through June 29. The BFAC is located at 207 N. Breckenridge Ave. and is open to the public.

BHS GRADUATION The Breckenridge High School Class of 2018 will graduate at 7 p.m. Friday, May 25. The ceremony will be held in the BHS Athletic Facility (aka the “new gym”).

BRECKENRIDGE AIRSHOW The 21st Breckenridge Airshow will take place May 26-27 at the Stephens County Airport. For more information, visit the website www.breckenridgeairshow.com.

KIDS SOAP MAKING CLASS The Stephens County Extension office will offer a Soap Making Class for kids in grades 2-12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 5, at the Extension office, 2622 Highway 180 East (at the intersection of State Highway 67 and U.S. Highway 180). The fee for the class will be $35 per student, and the class is limited to 15 kids. Attendees will need to take a sack lunch. For more information or to register, call Sumer Russell at 254-559-2313.

BATTLE OF THE BADGES BLOOD DRIVE The Rotary Club of Breckenridge will host a friendly competition between the Breckenridge Fire Department, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and the Breckenridge Police Department via a blood drive. Those donating blood can do so in the name of one of the three emergency offices. The blood drive will take place over three days at three different locations: Thursday, June 7, 1-5 p.m., First National Bank; Friday, June 8, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Stephens Memorial Hospital; and, Saturday, June 9, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., First National Bank. For more information, call Sherry or Les Strickland at 254-522-1959.

NON-PROFIT SCHOOLS MEETING The Breckenridge Independent School District will hold a meeting for private, non-profit schools and home schools with tax-exempt status. Participants will discuss available funding to eligible private school students and the conditions for participating in programs paid with Title I, Part A funding. The meeting will be at the BISD Administration Building Board Room, 212 N. Miller Ave., at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 7. For more information, contact Molly Johnson, BISD director of curriculum and instruction, at 254-522-9600.

Paid Political Ad Policy

The Breckenridge Texan’s policies allow for the inclusion of paid political ads on the website, www.breckenridgetexan.com. The ads do not reflect the views of, or serve as an endorsement by, the Breckenridge Texan website or its staff or leadership. The Breckenridge Texan does not endorse political candidates or parties.

 

The Breckenridge Texan is dedicated to evenhanded news reporting of political activities, events, and statements. The Breckenridge Texan accepts political advertising without bias or regard to party or candidate. The Breckenridge Texan has the responsibility to reject material that is libelous, obscene, or fraudulent or that does not otherwise meet its standards.

 

When paid political ads are running, a copy of this policy will be posted on the front page of the website in the right column.

 

All paid political ads will be clearly marked with the statement “Political ad paid for by (Name of Person Paying for Ad),” as required by the Texas Elections Law.