New Braunfels becomes latest Central Texas market to receive Community Impact Newspaper

The 24th edition of Community Impact Newspaper hits New Braunfels mailboxes Dec. 16.

The 24th edition of Community Impact Newspaper hits New Braunfels mailboxes Dec. 16.

The 24th edition of Community Impact Newspaper hits New Braunfels mailboxes Dec. 16, marking the company's first Central Texas expansion since 2011.

General Manager Heather Demere, Editor Rachel Nelson, Account Executive Emily Tomlin and Graphic Designer Monica Romo were hired in October to launch the New Braunfels edition, which is the company's ninth Central Texas newspaper. The last area newspaper debuted in 2011 in the San Marcos-Buda-Kyle market.

Community Impact Newspaper also distributes 10 hyperlocal print editions in the Houston area as well as five editions in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, including the Lewisville-Flower Mound-Highland Village area, which received its first hyperlocal edition in November.

Community Impact Newspaper will celebrate the paper’s debut with a launch party and ribbon cutting from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14, at Gruene Hall, 1281 Gruene Road, New Braunfels.

About Community Impact Newspaper:

Owners John and Jennifer Garrett launched the first edition of Community Impact Newspaper in 2005 with three full-time employees covering Round Rock and Pflugerville in Central Texas.

As other print publications scale back or cut ties altogether, Community Impact Newspaper continues gaining momentum as an information resource to residents in 38 communities.

The company debuted its new $10 million state-of-the-art printing facility in 2016 next to its headquarters in Pflugerville.

In total, 24 hyperlocal versions of the paper are delivered monthly to more than 1.8 million Texas homes—with plans to become "Bigger Than Texas" in 2018.
By Joe Lanane
Joe Lanane’s career is rooted in community journalism, having worked for a variety of Midwest-area publications before landing south of the Mason-Dixon line in 2011 as the Stillwater News-Press news editor. He arrived at Community Impact Newspaper in 2012, gaining experience as editor of the company’s second-oldest publication in Leander/Cedar Park. He eventually became Central Austin editor, covering City Hall and the urban core of the city. Lanane leveraged that experience to become Austin managing editor in 2016. He managed eight Central Texas editions from Georgetown to San Marcos. Working from company headquarters, Lanane also became heavily involved in enacting corporate-wide editorial improvements. In 2017, Lanane was promoted to executive editor, overseeing editorial operations throughout the company. The Illinois native received his bachelor’s degree from Western Illinois University and his journalism master’s degree from Ball State University.


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