Editor and Publisher
Shane Allen is the Publisher and owner of Allen Publishing, a group of (4) monthly community newspapers distributed to Flower Mound, Castle Hills, Lantana and Highland Village, Texas. He’s a 1994 graduate of Oklahoma State University, where he majored in Journalism and Broadcasting. Allen has been a senior media [Read More...]
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Steve is a well-known sports guy in the area, having covered high school sports for the last 15 years. He got his start in 1997 with the Lewisville News and considers himself a human “rabbit’s foot” of sorts. His first assignment for the company was to cover the Marcus football team — which went on to win a state title that year. In 15 years, he’s covered approximately 14 teams in various sports who have at least advanced to state. From the Lewisville News, he went on to work for the Dallas Morning News in its Denton County bureau before joining Allen Publishing Company in 2004. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a BA in Broadcast Journalism and lives in Denton with his wife Leslie and sons Christian (5) and Jackson (4 months). He was born and raised in Houston, but his entire family is from Boston.
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Emily has lived and written in Highland Village for most of her life, getting her start as an editor on The Marquee at her alma mater, Marcus High School. After graduating from Texas A&M with a B.S. in Journalism, she went on to work for the Texas Rangers Baseball Club and later the Albuquerque Dukes Triple A Club. She continued writing for internet sports magazines such as Golf Station and Tennis Station as well as local and regional publications like Austin Family Magazine, Colleyville Courier and Southlake Journal covering topics from high school sports to special-interest features. Emily is back in Highland Village with her wonderful husband Eddy and their three wacky and individual little girls. When not writing she spends a lot of time watching softball and soccer and working in the garden. Without a creative outlet and coffee she would be a lot less fun to be around!
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Mark Glover lives in Flower Mound, Texas with his wife Penny Rheudasil Glover. Mark raises backyard chickens and Labrador Retrievers. Penny is an avid gardener and raises vegetables, herbs, and wildflowers. They have a prized crop of Texas Bluebonnets every spring. Mark is the Principal of iMark Realty Advisors and helps clients buy, sell, lease, develop and invest in commercial real estate. Mark enjoys writing about commercial real estate, backyard chickens, sustainability, and history. Their 2.75 acre mini-farm is named Rheudasil Farms after Penny’s father, Bob Rheudasil, who once owned their property. Bob was a well respected cattle rancher, tree farmer, the first Mayor of Flower Mound. You can email Mark or call him at 214-550-5017.
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Mark Miller, a Flower Mound resident since 2008, is an award-winning writer, editor and public relations specialist. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin journalism school, he has worked as a daily newspaper sports writer, national magazine writer and editor and spent nearly 25 years in corporate/public relations and publications for the United States Bowling Congress based in Arlington. He has been quoted in most major media including USA Today, CBS-TV, Los Angeles Times and New York Times. Currently working as a freelancer, he is the national and Dallas-Fort Worth bowling writer for the Examiner.com website.
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Valorie McGilvra has been a elementary school teacher for 7 years. She enjoys teaching ESL students and believes diversity keeps us growing and allows us to be open-minded. She’s taught 1st and 2nd for Dallas ISD and 3rd and ESL for LISD. Currently, she’s an English Language Learner Specialist who coaches teachers on educating LEP students for Lewisville Elementary.
Her previous work experience was in media as a reporter/advertising sales executive, and a PR Director for a franchise company. As a reporter for a group of local newspapers, she wrote a weekly Business Column providing tips and information on starting and running a small business.
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Joanie Saynor has lived in Castle Hills with her husband and two daughters for the past four years. After living in Michigan, Indiana, and Washington DC, she found her home in Texas and will never leave. She is Castle Hills’ biggest fan and enjoys writing articles about all the amazing community events and all her interesting neighbors.
Joanie has her MBA from the University of Texas and her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Indiana University. Her previous work experience includes working for several non-profits including United Way and CASA and leading Weight Watchers classes.
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Born in Las Vegas NM, Eric Williams grew up in Gainesville, TX, a small town boy who worked with his father and grandfather on a cattle ranch the family owned as a hobby. He worked his way through college hauling hay in the summers. Eric Eriattended North Central Texas College back when it was Cooke County College and earned a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Before going into public relations and financial services, Eric was a reporter for the Sherman Democrat, news editor of the Bastrop Advertiser and County News and managing editor of the Gainesville Daily Register. He is husband of Sally Williams, a manager in the non-profit sector, father of Krista Williams, a Lewisville High School and Wellesley College graduate working in Dallas and of Whitten Williams, a Briarhill Bulldog and avid Boy Scout. The family belongs to Trietsch Memorial United Methodist Church. Eric has written for the News Connection since 2004.
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