State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Falls (right), presented the award Thursday to longtime Belton journalist Bernita Peeples. (Photo by Randy Davis)
BELTON (January 30, 2014) State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Falls, presented longtime Belton journalist Bernita Peeples, 96, with the Yellow Rose of Texas, one of the state’s highest honors, Thursday in Belton.
Dozens of people packed into the offices of the Belton Journal for the award ceremony Thursday morning.
"It belongs to a lot of people," she said.
"I've had so much help in my life, and it started when I was 17 years old. It's been a good whirl,” she said.
She began hanging around the Belton Journal back in 1930 when she was in the eighth grade.
By the time she was 19, she had a job as a full time staff member.
Berneta has been a journalist for more than 80 years now.
"Just to put it in perspective, we believe she is the only active journalist that interviewed a civil war veteran,” Fraser said.
"I've been a senator for 17 years and this is the first one I've ever done. This is one where we are very selective about who we give these to," he said.
Gov. Rick Perry must give his OK before the award can be presented.
Peeples has served as member of the Bell County Historical Commission and on the committee formed to create the Bell County Museum.
She still has the typewriter with which she started her career.
Peeples says she can use computers, but would much rather use her typewriter, but she’s ready to stop pounding the keys.
"I'm 96 years old and it's time I got out of the way so somebody else can do it."