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TPA past president John Crawford dies

Texas Press Association's 106th president, John Harold Crawford, died July 26 in Dallas. He was 91.
Crawford, former editor of the Denison Herald and owner of the Wood County Democrat and Pottsboro Press, served as president of TPA in 1983-84. He was also active in the North and East Texas Press Association, which honored him with the Sam C. Holloway award in 1981.
After training in photography while stationed in Spokane, Wash. with the U.S. Army, he graduated in 1952 from East Texas State Teachers College (now Texas A&M Commerce).

WTPA members gather for annual convention

West Texas Press Association members showing off the sweepstakes awards their newspapers won in the WTPA Better Newspaper Contest are (from left) Carlina Villalpando, Kerrville Daily Times, Division A; Nicole Hart, Azle News, Division C; Mark Campbell, Springtown Epigraph, Division D; and Kristen Tribe, Wise County Messenger, Division B.

Kristen Tribe, publisher of the Wise County Messenger, was installed as president of the West Texas Press Association when members gathered for the annual WTPA convention July 18-20 in Decatur.
Other officers installed were Bill Crist, Snyder Daily News, chairman of the board; Pat Canty, Odessa American, first vice president; Maria Weaver, Hamilton Herald-News, second vice president; and Mary Dudley, Perryton Herald, secretary-treasurer.

Industry News Briefs

Katy Times still publishing print edition after Hartman-Fenice agreement
CEDAR PARK – The Katy Times has continued publishing, thanks to a deal negotiated between Fenice Community Media and Hartman Newspapers, Inc. 
The announcement was made July 23 by Fenice Community Media Founder and Chairwoman Brandi Chionsini. 

File PS Form 3626 before Sept. 30

TPA members are reminded PS Form 3526, Statement of Ownership, Management, and Circulation, must be filed by Sept. 30 with the post office where newspapers are mailed.
In addition, the statement must be published during the month of October.
The filing and publication of this form is a requirement for maintaining periodicals mailing privileges. Dailies must publish a completed copy of this form in their newspaper by Oct. 10, and non-dailies by Oct. 31.  

2020 Convention marks 140th anniversary

The 2020 Texas Press Association Convention and Trade Show in Galveston Jan. 16-18 will be a mega event celebrating the organization’s 140th year.
Moody Gardens Hotel, Convention Center and Spa in Galveston is headquarters for the event.

TPA members urged to support 'Think F1RST' campaign

Texas Press Association is among the state associations encouraging members to support the "Think F1rst" public awareness campaign about the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Originally developed by Media of Nebraska, the campaign launched nationwide Aug.1.