"Focal Point columnist Dave Berry writes about big news from Sweeny, Texas"
By Dave Berry, former editor of the Tyler Morning Telegraph, who retired from that position a year ago after 46 years in newspapers. Mr. Berry is a Pulitzer Prize winning author and columnist, who wrote for The Miami Herald from 1983 to 2005.
(Caption as it appeared in the column) “The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway winds through Brazoria County, carrying a stream of barges along the Texas coast. In this shot from 1980, two barges cruise side-by-side near the mouth of the San Bernard River. Sweeny is about 20 miles upriver."
Editor's note: The view is looking west towards Cedar Lakes with the barges eastbound.
The photo accompanied a column written by Dave Berry about the time he was “...managing editor of the Brazosport Facts on the Texas Gulf Coast, and the purpose of my visit to Sweeny was to meet Bessie, one of our correspondents - those half dozen or so correspondents from small towns such as West Columbia, Jones Creek, Danbury and Sweeny who kept us informed on local comings and goings. We called them “stringers” and paid them by the inch, but not a lot. They kept track of what was published by clipping each story or column and pasting them into one long string. We measured their string of copy and paid them accordingly….”