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The Hutto News is a free weekly newspaper published each Wednesday and serving the people of Hutto, Texas.

Telephone: (512) 578-5229

Fax: (512) 642-4259

E-mail: newsdesk@thehuttonews.com

Office: PO Box 805 Hutto, TX 78634

Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9-5

Memberships and affiliations: Texas Community Newspaper Association, Hutto Chamber of Commerce

Christine Bolaños, Managing Editor, newsdesk@thehuttonews.com

Angie Loiselle, Advertising Consultant, angie@thehuttonews.com

David Thompson , Sports Editor, sports@taylordailypress.net

Demographics

County: Williamson

County Population: 317,938

County Seat: Georgetown

School Districts Newspaper Covers: Hutto ISD

Cities Newspaper Covers: Hutto

City Population: Hutto - 8,000

Major Industry in Area: Agriculture, manufacturing

Major Area Events: Olde Tyme Days Festival in October



Newspaper Information

Newspaper Circulation: 6,600

Majority Zip Codes for Circulation: 78634

News Deadline: Friday at 5 p.m.

Display Advertising Deadline: Monday at 5 p.m.

Classified Word Ad Deadline: Monday at 9 a.m.



The Hutto News is published on Wednesdays. The Hutto News was first published Aug. 4, 2003. A weekly free-distribution newspaper, it is distributed each Wednesday to every household in the community of Hutto.

Initially produced entirely by the staff of the Taylor Daily Press, The Hutto News now has a staff of one and an office in the historic downtown district of this rapidly growing community.

While Hutto is first known resident was a slave named Adam Orgain, who managed cattle on the Blackland Prairie, by the 1870s a community of immigrants from Sweden, Germany and other European countries had taken root. By the 1890s the community had begun to flourish, sustained by agriculture and a station of the International Great Northern Railroad Company. For nearly a century the communityís population changed little, but in the 1990s the growth attracted by Austin began spilling into Eastern Williamson County. Between 1990 and 2000, the population of Hutto grew from 620 to 1,250, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Between 2000 and 2005 that number grew exponentially, surpassing 8,000 residents, mostly homeowners drawn to the rapidly growing suburb.

Retail growth followed, and while Hutto at the end of 2005 lacked a grocery store, it was home to a Home Depot, Chiliís restaurant and a crop of strip shopping centers.

The community is most widely known for its high school mascot -- the hippo.

Local legend holds that a circus train passing through Hutto in the early 20th Century lost one of its passengers, a hippopotamus that found its way to a local creek.

"After much effort the hippo was prodded from the mud and water that resembled its natural habitat and was reloaded back on the train,î according to Hutto historian and former mayor Mike Fowler. ìSoon afterward the Hutto School adopted the hippopotamus as its mascot and as early as 1923 it appeared on the Hutto High School official graduation announcements."


The Hutto News
Newspaper policy regarding political announcements, letters and advertisements


Candidate announcements
Someone filing to run for office is news, and we will publish a local candidate’s announcement on the front page within the following guidelines:
• Local is defined as limited to the cities we serve, Precinct 4, Williamson County or any regional district that includes the cities we serve or the county. Candidates for statewide office do not get front page space. However, any candidate for statewide office who visits Taylor, Granger, Thrall, Coupland or Hutto will get coverage.
• Announcements should be treated equally when it comes to placement and approximate length.
• Each announcement should include a photo, and each photo should be published the same size and with approximately the same placement on the page. We will not run color photos, even if color is available, because it probably won’t always be available.
• We will not endorse local candidates.


Letters to the Editor
As always we welcome letters to the editor. However, those that refer to local political races need to:
• Focus on issues only, not individual candidates.
• Remain positive in their overall tone. If they are critical, they need to also offer a solution (beyond replacing the incumbent).
• No letters introducing new issues will be published within one week of the election. (Opposing candidates need an opportunity to respond and voters need an opportunity to determine what is objective from what is subjective.)
• Letters of endorsement for a particular candidate should be referred to the advertising department.


Political advertising
We are a valuable vehicle for candidates, a way to get in front of people who vote in above average numbers. Since political ads are paid space candidates and their supporters are free to use the space as they choose, although we may encourage changes or decline advertising based on the following:
• As in our letters policy, no ads raising new issues will be allowed within one week of an election.
• It is the responsibility of the advertiser to prove the veracity of any claims, positive or negative, made in an ad to the satisfaction of the advertising director or editor.
• We will encourage candidates to keep their ads positive and avoid mud-slinging. Negative tone alone will generally not be adequate reason to decline an ad.
• Political ads will run only when prepaid.
• Each ad must include the line, “Paid for by …”