In the Thursday, February 11th, 2010 edition of the San Saba News, an article was printed on the Commissioner's Court meeting which took place on February 8th. This meeting was covered by San Saba News reporter Alice Smith. At this meeting, there was discussion concerning the Sheriff's Department being over budget in certain areas. The Sheriff presented a three page report that listed changes since January 1, 2009. The article stated that, included in the report was the fact that 2008 convictions totaled 91, and the total for 2009 was 165. When I read the totals, I questioned where these numbers had come from. On Tuesday, February 16th, I asked Sheriff Brown about these numbers and I was told that it must have been misprinted and that it should have read arrests not convictions and he was unaware it had been misprinted.
On February 17th, I spoke to reporter Alice Smith and she agreed that she had written convictions by mistake when it should have read arrests. Everyone makes mistakes from time to time, the only problem I have is that after bringing this to the attention to Sheriff Brown and the reporter, I assumed there would be a correction or a retraction in the next edition of the paper, I was wrong.
San Saba, Texas
Karen Faught, Editor
San Saba News & Star
San Saba, TX
Mr. Burnham is absolutely correct. The number of arrests were inadvertently reported as convictions. It was not the intention of this paper to mislead the public in this matter. We strive to report local news both fairly and accurately.