Houston Named Texan of the Year

The Dallas Morning News names Houston as its Texan of year for the way the city responded to evacuees due to Hurricane Katrina.

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Beginning in November the paper began taking nominations from its readers. Keven Ann Willey, the editor of the editorial page, says the paper received more then 200 nominees. She says once the list was down to a dozen or so it became very difficult for the editorial board to pare it down to the required top ten. In fact, the meeting to whittle the list became so heated that the board took a new approach and decided to think about who would actually win the honor of 2005 Texan of the year.

If that decision wasn't difficult Willey says there is still an unsettled matter concerning the recognition.

But a city full of people won, and Willey says the story announcing the winner named three people as playing a key role in the areas response to Katrina: Houston Mayor Bill White, Harris County Judge Rovert Eckels, and Housing Choice Center CEO E.A. "Buddy" Grantham .

Willey says the Dallas Morning News awaits your e-mail.

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