The Village News and Southwest News is a local newspaper in Greater Houston, headquartered in Bellaire, Texas.[1]

It is published and edited by Kathleen "Kathy" Ballanfant. The Houston Chronicle wrote in 2013 that Ballanfant "is known for her local news coverage for the past 28 years."[2] Ballanfant established the newspaper on June 1, 1985.[3] As of 2005, the newspaper has a circulation of 40,000.[1] As of 2014 the newspaper is delivered to over 35,000 houses while about 5,000 copies are left at countertops in public places. These public places that distribute the newspaper include grocery stores, civic centers, libraries, restaurants, and retail stores.[4]

Ballanfant also publishes the El Rincón, a Spanish newspaper.[1]

Circulation area

The circulation area includes the following ZIP codes within the 610 Loop: 77005, 77006, 77025, 77030, 77046 and 77098; and the following ZIP codes outside of the 610 Loop: 77035, 77074, 77081, 77096, and 77401. The newspaper also has defined areas where it only does business countertop delivery and no home delivery.[5] Areas in the newspaper's home delivery service area include Bellaire, Southside Place, West University Place, and several neighborhoods of Houston. Houston neighborhoods include Afton Oaks, Braeswood Place, Linkwood, Maplewood, Meyerland, Morningside Place, Old Braeswood, Southampton, Southgate, Sunset Terrace, portions of Upper Kirby, portions of Westbury, portions of Willowbend, and Willow Meadows.[5][3]

Areas in the countertop only zone include:[5] portions of Upper Kirby,[6] portions of Westbury, and portions of Willowbend.[3][7]

See also


To access the archives of previous issues of the two newspapers, click on the link to the Current Issue; once the current issue opens, then click the "Archives" tag on the left side of the web page. The archives include issues of both The Village News and the Southwest News from 2009 to present. At this time, there no search feature for the archives.


  1. ^ a b c Davis, Mitchell P. (editor). Power Media Bluebook: W/ Talk Show Guest Directory (15th Edition). Broadcast Interview Source, Inc, September 30, 2005. ISBN 0934333505, 9780934333504. p. 44. "5610 Spruce, Bellaire, TX"
  2. ^ "Bellaire City Library event schedule, May 4-15" (Archived 2015-01-29 at the Wayback Machine). Houston Chronicle (Ultimate Bellaire). April 24, 2013. Retrieved on April 13, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "About Us" ( Archived 2014-04-13 at the Wayback Machine). Village News and Southwest News. Retrieved on April 13, 2014.
  4. ^ "Advertising with us is easy! Archived August 12, 2014, at the Wayback Machine" (Archive) Village News and Southwest News. Retrieved on April 13, 2014.
  5. ^ a b c "Circulation Area" (Archived 2014-04-13 at the Wayback Machine) Village News and Southwest News. Retrieved on April 13, 2014. "Responsive Newspapers, L.P. 5160 Spruce Bellaire, TX 77401"
  6. ^ "District Map Archived December 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine" (Archive). Upper Kirby District. Retrieved on April 7, 2014.
  7. ^ "Section Map" (Archived 2013-12-08 at the Wayback Machine). Willowbend Civic Club. Retrieved on April 13, 2014.