The Press: Back to a One-Paper Town

The sun-baked citizens of the West Texas town of Pecos (pop. 12,700) had always got along with one newspaper, the semiweekly Independent and Enterprise (circ. 3,000). The Independent seldom showed much enterprise, but Pecos needed another paper about as badly as it needed Billie Sol Estes. Thanks to Billie Sol, Pecos has been a two-paper town for nearly a year.

Unlike his other activities, Billie Sol's adventure in journalism was no get-rich-quick scheme for skinning the big-city rubes. Billie Sol was out to get even with some local types. He had been beaten in a school-board election last spring, and it was...

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