Thursday evening, The Daily News celebrated its 175th anniversary in the second of three community events — this time in beautiful downtown Texas City.
The Showboat Pavilion is a wonderful place to hold an event. And if you’ve not visited the Sixth Street area of downtown Texas City lately, you’re missing a treat. The road is beautifully landscaped, new businesses are opening and a genuine spirit of optimism is all around.
Speaking to the crowd inside the building, Michael A. Smith, editor of The Daily News, may have said it best: “Sixth Street is a very cool place.”
We at The Daily News are several months into our 175th year and already the opportunity to visit local communities is one we wish we’d been doing all along. We’ve met some wonderful people. One in particular is Raymond Guidry of Tennille Inc., a metalworks in Texas City with its own long history — it has been in business since 1904.
Raymond is not only a respected business leader, but is also one extremely creative soul.
As people begin flowing into the pavilion, Angela Wilson, community editor of The Daily News, waved me over to where she and Raymond stood. Pointing down, she said he’d brought a gift for The Daily News.
While we had a host of special dignitaries on hand, we didn’t expect anyone to arrive bearing a gift.
Tearing away the colorful birthday paper revealed a remarkable custom-cut fabrication of our anniversary logo in stainless steel. Raymond smiled as we all surrounded the remarkable piece. Each letter was intricately cut into the heavy-gauge material. I was speechless.
I shook his hand and called others over to see beautiful piece. Weighing in at maybe 30 pounds, the logo was not only a remarkable gesture, but a piece of art that will hang forever in The Daily News.
But the night did not end there. State Rep. Wayne Faircloth stood before the crowd and read from a special proclamation of the Texas House honoring The Daily News and its long history in the state of Texas.
Next came Mayor pro tem Robert Roberts on behalf of Mayor Matt Doyle and the city of Texas City. Up next came the always engaging Mayor Bobby Hocking of La Marque. His visit was especially appreciated as the day was also his and his lovely wife’s 46th wedding anniversary.
Next came Jenny Senter, president of the Texas City/La Marque Chamber of Commerce, who shared inspirational words about how communities grow working together and the role The Daily News plays.
Finally, Nick Finan, executive director of management services for the city of Texas City, related how The Daily News plays an important part in the economic success of the region.
The night was wonderful. When the brief remarks were over, people hung around to visit, share and tell stories to each other. And as subscribers, readers and business partners closed down the night, it made all of us at The Daily News wish it hadn’t taken 175 years to hold a party in downtown Texas City.