polk county today
need info

United States

#1 Oct 19, 2012
Can anyone give me info on this website? Is it owned & operated by one person? Or is it a business with employees? I've learned that it is owned by a guy named Willie. Willie who? And does he do all of the publishing himself? Please help me
need info

United States

#2 Oct 19, 2012
My coworker was killed in the semi accident. Polk County Today posted a picture of his remains being loaded into a hearse. I wrote the editor today and asked him to please remove the picture. Was very polite about it and I pretty much got a ugly response. I totally didnt expect that from a "professional" journalist/editor. This is the kind of person his readers support? Imagine if it were you seeing your friend/family member. This was the editors response:

Tiphany, I don't know what to tell you. He is not visible in the picture. Everything was zipped up into a body bag. Please don't look at the picture if it offends you. If looking at a picture is so offensive, then how will y'all handle his funeral?

Y'all have my sympathies.

-we have your sympathies? Since when is this called having sympathy? This is rude, disrespectful, unprofessional & heartless. You are a disgrace to this establishment. Let it be your mom, dad, child, friend in a body bag being posted on the Internet and see how you feel. It is really hard to swallow this as a coworker, I can't imagine how gut wrenching it is for their families. You are out of line & you know it!

My condolences go to Wills family & hope for an amazing recovery for Terry.
nothing wrong

Livingston, TX

#3 Oct 20, 2012
I looked at the picture and even magnified it 400 times looking for gore and found none! you need to quit your bitchin!
What are they thinking

Livingston, TX

#4 Oct 28, 2012
need info wrote:
Can anyone give me info on this website? Is it owned & operated by one person? Or is it a business with employees? I've learned that it is owned by a guy named Willie. Willie who? And does he do all of the publishing himself? Please help me
I too was very offended when a loved one of mine had died in auto accident. They had posted a picture of my family members crying at the scene. We had to have him correct the story as he made a typo and called it a fortunate event. I think he should have the family's permission before he posts the pictures when the person has not been removed from the vehicle or of their body. The news should not be degrading it should be informative how can anyone take pictures and post them especially in the event of a persons demise, and to the rude comment left "we should stop bitching" what would you feel if it was your loved one in the body bag would you want that on display? At least have the decency to cover the car with a sheet if someones inside. He reminds me of an ambulance chasing lawyer. Just my feelings, there could be alot more compassion in this world.
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United States

#5 Oct 30, 2012
What are they thinking wrote:
<quoted text>I too was very offended when a loved one of mine had died in auto accident. They had posted a picture of my family members crying at the scene. We had to have him correct the story as he made a typo and called it a fortunate event. I think he should have the family's permission before he posts the pictures when the person has not been removed from the vehicle or of their body. The news should not be degrading it should be informative how can anyone take pictures and post them especially in the event of a persons demise, and to the rude comment left "we should stop bitching" what would you feel if it was your loved one in the body bag would you want that on display? At least have the decency to cover the car with a sheet if someones inside. He reminds me of an ambulance chasing lawyer. Just my feelings, there could be alot more compassion in this world.
My thoughts exactly on the ambulance chaser. I spoke with a person at the local paper and its no wonder they want no affiliation with him. He's a disgrace to any news station who actually does the respectful and right thing. One day his evil ways will come back on him.
anita pinckard

Onalaska, TX

#6 Feb 16, 2013
My husband was brutally killd by a Drunk Driver, all of Polk County knew but my family, we were not notified till 1 hour and 10 minutes after his death, my daughter was getting calls asking if her dad was dead, they either saw the accident or saw it on Polk County Today, i saw the video of the accident when had to go retrieve items from what was left of vehicle. Families should NOT have to go thru this, i understand it was a breaking news story but, we should have been notified first. It was seen on T.V. all the way to Canada as breaking news, but we knew nothing, people have no hearts, but if it wold have been one of their family members they would have at least been notified first. Law Enforcement did not help in the situation at all either. I just dont understand how cruel some people cn be. My husbands KILLER is still driving the roads, since killing my husband he has had at least 3 more D.W.I's. Its bad when you cant get respect or JUSTICE.
anita pinckard

Onalaska, TX

#7 Feb 16, 2013
It does not MATTER if you could see anything or not, this person had everyright to be upset, unless you have went through something like this than you need to keep your comments to yourself. It is DISRESPECT in my opinion, you must be a Willie follower.

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