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STPA celebrates 92nd annual convention

2018 Sweepstakes winners in the South Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest are (from left) Meghann Garcia, managing editor, Uvalde Leader-News, Division III; Moses Leos, III, editor, Hays Free Press, Division I; and Ken Esten Cooke, publisher and editor, Fredericksburg Standard Radio-Post, Division II.

KERRVILLE – Award winners were toasted and at least one recipient was roasted at the 92nd annual South Texas Press Association meeting at the YO Ranch Hotel in Kerrville.
The convention featured educational seminars, business meetings and presentation of the 2018 STPA Better Newspaper Contest awards and other recognitions. 

Open Government Seminar set June 17 in San Antonio

AUSTIN _ The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas is hosting an Open Government Seminar in San Antonio on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, featuring training in public meeting and public records laws. The First Amendment Institute later that day will instruct journalists on press rights.
The non-profit FOI Foundation, in cooperation with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, is organizing the one-day seminar. It is designed for government employees, journalists, attorneys and anyone interested in the Texas Public Information Act and Texas Open Meetings Act.

Robert Burns Classic Golf Tournament kicks off TPA retreat

The 19th Annual Robert Burns Classic Golf Tournament benefiting the Texas Newspaper Foundation opens the 2018 TPA Summer Leadership Retreat in Montgomery.
The final TPA Summer Retreat is scheduled June 21-23 at LaTorretta Lake Resort and Spa on Lake Conroe in Montgomery.
Tee times start at 8 a.m. Thursday, June 21, at the LaTorretta Golf course. Century Link is sponsor for the event. 

Panhandle Press inducts Hudson, Carr into PPA Hall of Fame

Ron Carr
Jim Hudson
Panhandle Press Association members and family show off awards at the 108th convention in Childress.

The late Jim Hudson of Perryton, former Panhandle Press Association and Texas Press Association president, and the late Ron Carr, former Friona publisher, were inducted into the Panhandle Press Association Hall of Fame during the group’s 108th annual convention held in Childress.
Thursday’s welcome reception was held at the Childress County Heritage Museum, which prepared a special newspaper exhibit for those attending the convention.

NETPA holds 92nd convention

Tom Mooney Friend of the Newspaper award honorees Glenn and Betsy McNeill.
Longtime Wise County Messenger photographer Joe Duty (left) received the Sam C. Holloway Award at the 2018 North and East Texas Press Association annual awards brunch. Messenger Publisher Roy Eaton presented the plaque. The award honors an outstanding NETPA member and journalist who has gone above and beyond the call of duty in support of the association while also upholding high standards of journalistic integrity and service to the community. For more than a decade, Duty has been the man behind the camera for the Messenger, shooting hundreds of community events and ballgames, along with breaking news. His photographs have garnered many national, state and regional awards - and he added more first-place photography awards in the 2018 NETPA contest.

Holloway Award and Mooney Award winners were honored and contest results were announced when the North and East Texas Press Association met in Granbury for the 92nd annual convention.
The Sam C. Holloway Award, honoring an outstanding NETPA member who upholds high standards of journalistic integrity and service to the community, was presented to Joe Duty of the Wise County Messenger. 

Linares named GM in Texarkana

TEXARKANA – Pili Linares is the new general manager of the Texarkana Gazette, parent company WEHCO Media announced.
Mark Lane, president of WEHCO’s newspaper division, praised Linares’ leadership skills and experience.
Linares came to the Gazette after more than two years as vice president of revenue for the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, the latest position in her career of more than 25 years in the newspaper industry.

Kevin Leonard Gray

DALLAS - Dallas Morning News Copy Editor Kevin Leonard Gray died April 3 from complications with cancer. He was 60.
A native of Hampton, Virginia, Gray was a graduate of Norfolk State University and began his career at the Ithaca Journal in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
The Dallas Morning News hired him to work in the sports department in September of 1985. 
He worked at the paper for 32 years, winning awards for editing and page design. 
He was the primary content editor of the football special section that often received national recognition.

Robert Hoy Lapham

ABILENE – Robert Hoy “Bob” Lapham, 83, author, long-time editor for the Abilene Reporter-News and the last surviving member of the 1950s pop and rock ‘n’ roll vocal group The Picks, died on April 4. 
A native of Abilene, Lapham graduated from Abilene High School in 1953 and attended Texas Tech University, studying engineering, business administration and speech and dramatics. He was a Tech varsity golf letterman in 1953-54.

Learn, celebrate at Summer Leadership Retreat

Learning, celebrating, commemorating and winning are all on the agenda for Texas Press Association’s final Summer Leadership Retreat June 21-23 at La Torretta Lake Resort and Spa on Lake Conroe in Montgomery.
The event features speakers, member-led group discussions, a legislative update, the annual Golden 50 Award and the Texas Better Newspaper Contest awards brunch. 
Registration forms are available online at www.texaspress.com