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Les Simpson is the publisher of the Amarillo Globe-News and amarillo.com.
The Amarillo (Texas) Globe-News is the survivor of more than 30 newspapers that have come and gone since the founding of Amarillo in 1887. The Amarillo Daily News was first published on Nov. 4, 1909. It began as a Prohibition newspaper, torn by a wet-dry fight in the early 1900s. This struggle was the major factor in Baptist deacon Dr. J.E. Nunn's decision to enter the newspaper business with a dry-side voice.
On Dec. 15, 1937, the Amarillo Times made its debut as an afternoon tabloid. Financial difficulties forced its reorganization on Jan. 1, 1938, with S.B. Whittenburg as general manager. Finally, on Dec. 2, 1951, the Globe-News and Times were merged with 35 percent of the stock being acquired by the Whittenburgs, a pioneer family with large ranching and oil interests. The Daily News was continued as the morning paper, while the Globe and Times were merged into the afternoon Globe-Times.
The next chapter in the history of the Amarillo newspapers began on Sept. 1, 1972, when Morris Communications Corp. of Augusta, GA, purchased them.
The latest chapter in the history of the Amarillo newspapers began on April 30, 2001, when the two papers were merged into a new expanded edition that is delivered in the morning and is named the Amarillo Globe-News.