Longtime Columbus journalist passes away February 06, 2019 - 00:00 Posted in: Around The County COLUMBUS – Texas community newspapers lost another of its old-school legends Monday afternoon, as Chad Ferguson, longtime publisher and owner of the tri-county Banner Press newspaper, met his final earthly deadline following a protracted battle with cancer. He was 65. Ferguson, a lifelong journalist and career newspaper professional, previously served as the ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!