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Real.Good.News.

Blue Ribbon News shines the spotlight on people, places and events that impact our community in a positive way. We believe that if we tell your story – big or small – it can truly make a difference, and more ‘good’ will follow.” ~ Dawn Redig, Editor-in-Chief

IN PRINT

Our print edition is published monthly and direct mailed free to 22,000+ homes and businesses throughout Rockwall and Heath (75087 & 75032 zip codes).

Extra copies are available for pick up at the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce, the JER Chilton YMCA, the Rockwall County Library, Sterling Tea Spot, Joe Willy’s, and various other local businesses and restaurants. Meals on Wheels delivers copies to area homebound seniors along with their meals. Additional copies of the print edition may be available by calling 214-342-8000. Due to high demand, there is a $5 charge to cover postage when requesting copies by mail.

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Blue Ribbon News has been in print since 2012. View past print editions here.

Annual Subscription 

Those who live outside our delivery area may request an annual subscription for $48. Simply email or call 214-342-8000 to request a subscription, and/or mail your check to: Blue Ribbon News, PO Box 967, Rockwall, TX 75087.

ONLINE

Our online publication reaches tens of thousands of readers throughout the Dallas metroplex and beyond. BlueRibbonNews.com is updated daily with hometown news, entertainment, and events – going way beyond what you see highlighted in our print edition. Be sure to check out our Events Tab on Facebook.

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READER SUBMISSIONS

We want your news! Blue Ribbon News encourages reader submissions.  Simply email your news, events and story ideas to editor@BlueRibbonNews.com and we’ll spread the word!

ABOUT US

Our Blue Ribbon News and BRN Media team comprises professional journalists, contributing writers, guest columnists, social media managers and marketing experts.

Want to more about why we do what we do? Read this letter from our editor-in-chief, Dawn Redig.

Blue Ribbon News Editor-in-Chief Dawn Redig has 30 years experience in print and broadcast journalism. She is a former Dallas Morning News editor, reporter and columnist. Her work experience also includes The Beaumont Enterprise, The Orange Leader, KBMT-TV Channel 12, Hall Publications/Nintendo/NFL Playoff, CBS Radio, and Lamar University/University Press.

Dawn serves on the Board of Directors of Meals on Wheels Senior Services of Rockwall County and the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County, where she is part on the Awareness Committee. She is active in the Rockwall Area Chamber of Commerce, where her husband serves as Chairman of the Board. She is a charter member of the Rockwall Professional Women’s Alliance.

Dawn and her husband have a daughter in her senior year at Oklahoma Christian University, a son studying business and marketing at SMU, and a house full of pets. Connect with her at  or call 214-342-8000, ext 1122.

Blue Ribbon News Editor and Senior Staff Writer/Reporter Austin Wells is a graduate of the University of North Texas where he studied radio, television, and film. He’s a pretty awesome photographer, too!

Austin is a native of Rockwall and graduated from Rockwall High School in 2007. He has worked for the Rockwall Herald Banner and CBS Radio. He is the author of Images of America: Heath, which captures the history of Heath, TX through vintage photos. He serves on the board of the Rockwall County Historical Foundation and is a member of Young Professionals of Rockwall. He has performed on stage with the Rockwall Community Playhouse.

Connect with Austin at , 214-342-8000 or on his cell at 214-534-1851.

Mary Bierds is our Blue Ribbon News Brand Ambassador. You will find her just about everywhere in the community, sharing and discovering good news, taking photographs and doing live facebook broadcasts at the many events she participates in. She is a business graduate of Texas A&M University – College Station and is currently studying post graduate graphic design.  She grew up in South Texas and has a background in finance and recruiting.

She currently serves as gala chair for the Children’s Advocacy Center for Rockwall County, on the ball board for Rockwall Women’s League, and a member of Rockwall Noon Rotary.  She lives in Heath with her husband, three kids and Yorkie and enjoys volunteering in the community, fitness, and is a game show junkie (she has been a contestant on both Wheel of Fortune and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire).

Amy Sidebottom is our Lead Designer and Layout Editor whom we rely on for just about everything. You name it, she does it – from ad creation and copy writing to layout of our monthly publication. She truly has a can-do attitude. She is fast, she is brilliant – and she always brings treats and homemade cookies to the office on birthdays and holidays. She came to us from the Dallas Morning News and you can call on her for anything!

Keri Porter is BRN Media Assistant and Media Manager. She graduated from the University of Texas in Austin with a BA in Anthropology (bioarchaelogy and osteology) and a minor in Advertisting (video game and technology advertising) – and she is working with us part-time while she’s at grad school. She is a creative genius with a wealth of social media expertise, and serves our marketing clients well with her unique insight and knowledge of all social media platforms.

Casey Washington serves as a Media Assistant and keeps us on track and on schedule. She has a background in education and previously taught fourth grade at Royse City ISD and first grade at Stonebrook Academy. She worked as a library assistant at Texas A&M Commerce, and as a tea infusionist. She even wrote murder mysteries and hosted private murder mystery parties for her own business, Nightshade Entertainment. She manages our marketing calendar, assists with promotional campaigns and social media management for our BRN Media clients.

Samantha Redig works as a summer intern, assisting with social media and marketing services. She is a senior studying Psychology at Oklahoma Christian University.

And yes, she is the amazingly talented daughter of our Publisher/Editor-in-Chief Dawn Redig and our BRN Media Services Marketing Director Richard Redig.

 Design Editors Billy Quinton of QBall Design and Julie Fowler of Fowler Designs are awesome artists who have contributed to the creative design and layout of our Blue Ribbon News print publication.

GUEST COLUMNISTS

Blue Ribbon News contributing writer/guest columnist Patti Richter works as journalist, writing news and feature stories for many Christian publications. She and her husband Jim recently moved from Heath to be closer to her grandchildren. Her faith columns and local ministry articles are very popular among Blue Ribbon News readers. Email Patti at .

Blue Ribbon News guest columnist Scott Gill of Rockwall is a teacher, coach and author of the young adult adventure novel, Goliath Catfish. His writings have appeared in Dallas Child, Teachers of Vision and Chicken Soup for the Soul. His Front Porch Ramblings column at Blue Ribbon News is a favorite among readers. Follow his blog at http://puptentpapa.blogspot.com/. Email him at .

Blue Ribbon News guest cooking/recipe columnist Melissa Tate of Rockwall is a freelance food writer and owner of Photo-Wagon mobile photo booth. She also helps her husband run their family farm, Tate Farms, and event center, Summerfield at Tate Farms. They are currently managing the Smirl Chapel Relocation & Preservation Project. Find Melissa on Facebook or Instagram at @melissatatetx to follow the adventures. Headshot by Kelly Alexander Photography.

David Sweet pens “County Corner” column which is featured monthly in Blue Ribbon News. David currently serves as Rockwall County Judge. He previously served two terms as the Mayor of the City of Rockwall and as a City Council members.

Our Universe Today is written by Blue Ribbon News guest columnist, Max Corneau, aka AstroDad, of Rockwall. Max retired from the U.S. Army in 2009 as a Lieutenant Colonel, Senior Space Operations Officer and Master Aviator.  He amassed over 3,200 hours as a pilot of Special Electronic Mission Airplanes.  Since 2004 he has been a NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador, is a Master of Astronomical Outreach through the Astronomcial League and built his own astronomical observatory. His amazing images can be seen at AstroDad.com.

Blue Ribbon News guest columnists Bob and Becky Barnes with Mathnasium Learning Center in Rockwall write some of the most sought after articles at Blue Ribbon News. Their “Making Math Make Sense” column at Blue Ribbon News engages, parents, students and teachers alike – with many requests for reprints and even translation into Spanish. (They are also loyal advertisers, and we thank them for that!) Email them at rockwall-heath@mathnasium.com or visit mathnasium.com/rockwall-heath.

John Adams has called Rockwall home since 1985 where he owned a local business from 1988 to 2010. He is currently bi-vocational in telecom sales and Associate Pastor/Worship at Poetry Baptist Church. He also writes a blog that posts regularly at written4u.com and consists of funny and inspirational stories from life experiences. His ‘Inspirations by John Adams’ column is featured online at BlueRibbonNews.com and has been featured in our print edition.

Throughout the years, we’ve also welcomed a host of other guest columnists writing on various topics, and their writing can also be found under our Guest Columns tab at BlueRibbonNews.com.

BRN Media, publisher of Blue Ribbon News, is a multi-platform, full-service creative agency offering advertising and marketing services, social media management, and website development to both small and large businesses.