Tim Fleischer has been a newspaperman since he was 16, working for both weeklies and daily newspapers. “I got the Devil’s Ink at an early age and haven’t been able to get rid of it,” he said of his 30 years in the newspaper industry.
For almost 25 years of it, he has been the editor of the Salado Village Voice.
But his love for Salado has been for more than three decades. “I came to Salado for the Art Fair and Gathering of the Clans with my parents when I was growing up in Copperas Cove,” he said. “I drove through it every day on my way to run a small newspaper in Florence.”
Tim and Marilyn Fleischer have published the newspaper since 1988. During that time, the newspaper has grown from an eight-page tabloid to a 28- to 40-page paper of three or more sections.
“We have grown with the community and are a reflection of it,” he said.
In those years, the newspaper has won several awards from the Texas Community Newspaper Association, where Salado Village Voice competed against newspapers from San Antonio, Dallas, Houston, Austin and around the state. The newspaper is now a member of the Texas Press Association.
Tim has won several TCNA awards: advertising design (third in state for large ad format and third in state for advertising series); editorial work (first in state for editorial writing, third in state for editorial writing, third in state for column writing) and second in state for community service (for articles during the incorporation election).
He has also served the community in a variety of capacities, including two terms on the board of directors of the Salado Chamber of Commerce and six years on the board of directors of the Institute for Humanities at Salado. He was president of the Salado Chamber of Commerce and treasurer for two years of the Institute for Humanities. He now serves on the newly-founded Salado Community Foundation and volunteers as a Mentor in the Salado schools.
He and wife Marilyn share responsibilities at the newspaper. “She runs the office and I make editorial decisions,” he said.