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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).

Postal Q & A: ID statement location, content required

Q: Have a post office that is refusing to deliver newspapers without the tags on the tubs that are delivered at the DDU drops for same day delivery. Where can I find the ruling that says they have to deliver these local newspapers without the tags? 
A: Send the Domestic Mail Manual citation to quit using tubs. Tub use for bundles at DDU drops is a waste of time and energy and is not a good use of “mail transport equipment,” which should be reserved for mail going through the postal distribution network from post office to plant and beyond. See below. 

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.

Mazur named publisher for the Kaufman Herald

KAUFMAN – Melanie Mazur is the new publisher of the Kaufman Herald.
She introduced herself in a column published July 18, noting that while she has mostly lived and worked in northern states, she has family ties to Texas and warm memories of visits to Gonzales, Odessa and Castroville.
Most recently, she has been working in Colorado.
“We are the caretakers for your local newspaper, and it’s not a job we take lightly,” Mazur wrote. 

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.