Welcome to the Cove Collar, a new Killeen Daily Herald blog featuring news and events coverage for the Copperas Cove community written by me, your local Cove Herald editor, and maybe at times the rest of the Cove Herald staff.

Hopefully, this blog will bring our readers and our staff a little closer together further connecting our ties as your weekly community publication.

We plan on using this new feature on our brand new website to preview articles for our weekly edition, give you recaps on items that may not be full news stories and provide a back and forth between you and us through the commenting system.

I guess to start conversation off, I should provide introductions for myself and the staff.

Mason W. Canales

I have worked for the Killeen Daily Herald for almost six years. After graduating from the University of North Texas in Denton with a journalism and English degree, both focusing the writing aspects of the fields.

Since before starting my degree plan, I have been obsessed with ways to deliver news and information to people. I often concern myself with determining what is the best means for delivering a message to people — how best can a story be told, if you will — as well as making sure that story is being told.

My tenure at the Killeen Daily Herald has included covering the areas crime and courts for almost a year, almost four years covering the Harker Heights community and then finally spending the last year and half dedicating my time to your community by making sure you are getting as much news a possible in a timely and efficient manner.

I also am almost a local having grown up in Georgetown. My personal hobbies are probably a little too nerdy to share, but I do have a loving wife named Tracy.

Audrey Spencer

Audrey grew up in Fort Worth and went to school at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. While there, she worked for two years as a reporter and one year as managing editor for the campus newspaper, The Pine Log.

Before graduating in August, she completed a busy three-month internship at the Lufkin Daily News.

Since coming to the Killeen Daily Herald in September 2011. Audrey has served as my second on the Cove Herald staff. She has covered Lampasas city government, Coryell County government, and the Copperas Cove Economic Development Corporation, and a slew of feature stories in your community.

Besides writing and putting up with me, Audrey also studies martial arts (currently studying aikido after three years of judo) and likes to cook.

Tim Orwig

Tim, our newest addition, is a reporting veteran in the area. He graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville in 1974 with a degree in journalism — so if he knows it or not, there is a little competition between him and Audrey. Since then he has worked as a news reporter, photographer and/or editor in newspapers in New Mexico, Texas and Virginia.

Tim will now be covering Gatesville and Coryell County to ensure that we can be in multiple places at once.

I for one am looking forward to bringing you regular updates about what is going on in your community. As always, we are here to serve you.

Contact Mason W. Canales at mcanales@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7474

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Hi Mason-Nice to have a location/blog which makes connections more easy if a reader has a question involving the newspaper.
My 1st question is,will someone in your office be the ones covering stories on the Cove Bulldawgs once their season starts?
My grandson is a Varsity player and I like to clip out any article or pictures I come across which pertains to him. Thanks

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