Brazosport Facts

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Brazosport Facts
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Southern Newspapers Inc.
Publisher Bill Cornwell
Editor Bill Cornwell
Managing editors Yvonne Mintz
Founded 1913
Language English
Headquarters 720. S. Main,
Clute, Texas, 77531, United States
Circulation 17,392
ISSN 1065-7886

The Brazosport Facts is the largest daily newspaper for Brazoria County, Texas, a part of the Greater Houston area. The newspaper is owned by Southern Newspapers Inc., and began in 1913.[1]


The paper was started by printer Roy Ruffin as the Freeport Facts months after the 1912 founding of Freeport, Texas by the Freeport Sulphur Company. One year later, the paper was acquired by C.P. Kendall, Sr. who also owned newspapers in Port Aransas, and the Angleton Times in Angleton.[1]

A 1932 Freeport hurricane destroyed the Facts building and killed 40 people.[2]

Separate area newspapers, the Brazoria County Review, Velasco World, and West Columbia Light were acquired by businessman W.D. Johnston. In 1949, He then merged the papers into The Daily Review.[1]

In 1951, Southern Newspapers Inc. bought an interest in The Daily Review. The next year, it purchased the Freeport Facts. Merging the acquisitions into The Daily Facts-Review, Southern Newspapers later changed the name to Brazosport Facts.[1] It eventually became the largest daily newspaper for the entire area.

In 1976, the Facts moved its headquarters from Freeport to neighboring Clute, Texas where it remains today. It absorbed the competitor Angleton Times in 2004[3] and opened a second office in its building.[1]

The newspaper led the move to consolidate the town of Velasco into Freeport in 1957. The newspaper has also supported Brazosport College and its Brazosport Center for the Arts and Sciences.[2]


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