Messenger

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

Betty Sue (Howard) Cannon

OLTON – Betty Sue (Howard) Cannon, 87, former owner of the Olton Enterprise, died April 8 in Lubbock. 
A native of Erick, Oklahoma, she moved to Olton with her family in 1943 and she graduated from Olton High School in 1948. She attended Watson Business School in Plainview.

William E. “Bill” Berger

AUSTIN – William E. “Bill” Berger, whose career as a newspaperman spanned parts of nine decades, died Wednesday, April 11. At age 99, he was less than two months shy of his 100th birthday.
Following a private family burial service at the Texas State Cemetery, a memorial was held on April 16 at First United Methodist Church in Austin.

TPA joins effort to STOPP duties on imported paper

The Texas Press Association has joined a new coalition fighting proposed countervailing duties and anti-dumping duties on imports of Canadian uncoated ground wood papers, including newsprint and other papers.
The coalition, Stop Tariffs on Printers & Publishers (STOPP), is comprised of members of the printing, publishing and paper-producing industries, which employ more than 600,000 workers.