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The Facts

History

The Brazosport Facts was born through the merger of several of Brazoria County's early newspapers.

The Facts itself was started by a printer, Roy Ruffin, in 1913 only months after the founding of Freeport and the Freeport Sulphur Co. A year later, The Freeport Facts was bought by C.P. Kendall Sr., a businessman who also owned newspapers in Port Aransas, Angleton and elsewhere.

Across the Brazos River, the Velasco World was owned by Oscar Nation, whose alcoholism led his mother, Carrie Nation, on her famed rampage against saloons. In nearby Angleton, W.D. Johnston acquired the Brazoria County Review, which was competing with the much older Angleton Times owned by Kendall.

Johnston later acquired the West Columbia Light, reopened the Velasco World as the Brazosport World and began the Alvin Edition of the Review. In November 1949, he merged these into what he hoped would be the "daily tabloid of the South," but it never gained the favor it needed and by 1951 was on the ropes financially.

Southern Newspapers Inc. bought an interest in the Daily Review in 1951, and in 1952, the company bought the Angleton Times and the Freeport Facts. The Facts immediately began publication as The Daily Facts-Review, but the name never caught on, and it was eventually changed to The Brazosport Facts.

In June 1956, Jim Nabors became business manager of The Facts, and a year later, he was named publisher. Nabors was instrumental in seeing The Facts grow from a circulation of 2,200 to nearly 23,000 and become the major daily in Brazoria County.

In August 1976, The Facts moved from its downtown Freeport quarters to its present building in Clute. Nabors said he chose the site because he remembered it to be one of the few spots not flooded by the high water during Hurricane Carla.

Nine years later, acute health problems led to Nabors' retirement. He was succeeded by Bruce Morisse, who had been an ad man for The Facts, publisher of The Angleton Times and Alvin Sun and general manager of Southern Newspapers Inc.

Morisse retired in 1992 and was succeeded by Bill Cornwell, who had been publisher of another Southern property, The Daily Sentinel in Scottsboro, Ala. Cornwell started with Southern at the Baytown Sun and was advertising director there before taking the publisher's position in Scottsboro.

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