The Crisis in Bardwell
This newspaper is pursuing legal action against the City of Bardwell, located southwest of Ennis, for official oppression stemming from a Monday city council meeting in which four staff members of this paper’s news team attended and were threatened.
Mayor P.W. "Jinker" Gentry told reporter J. Hoskins (a licensed private investigator) he would file charges for recording his meeting, a blatant disregard for the Open Meetings Act and an official oppression act from a mayor under numerous investigations.
Hoskins, news editor Joey Dauben and reporters Chantel James and Jennifer Cretney all had video cameras and digital cameras, as well as their cell phones, recording the entire meeting.
City Hall was packed, as numerous citizens addressed the three-member council about the recent water crisis this newspaper has uncovered extensively (and with special help from the CBS 11 news crews).
Despite the sweltering heat with a standing-room only crowd, the mayor continued to speak misinformation about the water situation, which, unfortunately, none of the relief agencies around the county or charity organizations or churches stepped in to help.
Not a single one.
But if only water was the issue. As this paper – and only this paper – has done, we have chronicled and documented the numerous allegations of corruption backed by filing cabinets full of documents and witness statements stemming as far back as 2003 when former Chief Michael Chase Meissner was at the helm.
Mayor Gentry has received positive spin in the Ennis Daily News (which was a complete whitewash of the situation in that town), but that doesn’t mean it’s the truth.
The Ellis County Press
will not be intimidated by any mayor, police chief or public official.
Due to the inaction of our local prosecutors, we have take it upon ourselves and call in for outside help, but the people in our county need help.
The people in Bardwell need our help. And the promotion of our Defending Truth and Freedom mantra will be the guiding light our reporters strive to attain, regardless of threats from any mayor or public official (the police chief and his wife followed our reporters up Interstate 45 after the meeting had ended, another act of intimidation).
Just remember, Mayor Gentry: we wield a much bigger sword than your fear-based mayoral capacities hold. Your days of rule over that town are coming to an end. And we’re going to expose it in this very paper you tried to suppress.