Burleson Star journalist honored at two events
Paul Gnadt, an old-hand of the Burleson Star, was honored recently at his alma mater, Union College in Lincoln, Nebraska, at the college homecoming weekend. Gnadt was among 27 coaches and physical education teachers who were honored.
Gnadt single-handedly formed the Warrior men’s varsity basketball team and also coached the Warriors for the 1985-1986 season.
Gnadt graduated from Union College in 1966 with a degree in physical education, then returned to Union to work in the admissions office for one year. He came to Texas in 1987 and started working at the Burleson Star as editor of the Keene Star in 1995.
Additionally, on March 26, the Keene Chamber of Commerce led by Gnadt, president of the Chamber, held its quarterly luncheon with guest speaker Dale Hansen.
The presentation was made to more than 240 luncheon attendees. This was the first use of the new Keene community center, located on North Old Betsy Road. In fact, the new building had only been open for three or four days at the time of the luncheon. Gnadt, who covers commissioner’s court, police and fire reports and feature articles for the Star, has been described as a “well-organized individual” and is a stickler for following the chamber rules, according to David Martin, principal of the Star.
Gregg Gammon, a Keene chamber member, was scheduled to present his pitch for his financial counseling company. Even though the policy is normally five minutes, Gnadt had told Gammon he only had two minutes to speak because Hansen, WFAA sports anchor, was scheduled to be the keynote speaker.
Of course, the joke was on Gnadt because Gammon’s two minutes would be used to honor Gnadt and all that he has done for the Keene community and the chamber. Gnadt had noted that one of the gifts to be given out during the lunch was a golf bag. Gnadt is an avid golfer, and little did he know that the golf bag was his award from the Keene chamber. Gammon, in presenting the golf bag and the tribute made the point that Gnadt wrote for the Star and said the most recent issue of the paper was “tremendous,” and that it was a “good read.”
Gnadt also has a degree in communication and a master’s in education from Southwestern Adventist University in Keene.