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Entry period is open now for the 2019-20 Texas Better Newspaper Contest - with about three and a half weeks left until the deadline.
Participants may upload entries on the contest platform, www.betternewspapercontest.com, through Monday, Oct. 5.

GRANBURY – The Hood County News changed hands Aug. 13 when the twice-weekly newspaper became the first acquisition of the newly formed Hyde Media Group owned by Paul Hyde, a longtime Hood County resident and founder of the Hyde Law Firm.

JEFFERSON – Two former Jefferson Jimplecute editors purchased the newspaper in a deal announced Aug. 21.
V. Hugh Lewis, publisher of the online Marion County Herald, and Austin Lewter, a veteran community newspaper publisher, acquired the Jefferson Jimplecute from Strube-Palmer Media, LLC, Bob Palmer and Mica Wilhite.

Top award winners in the Panhandle Press Association Contest included (from left) Michael Wright of Moore County, Gabby Perez of Muleshoe, Jeff Blackmon of Hereford, Elaina Estlack of Clarendon, Robin Patterson of Moore County, John Lee of Pampa, Benjamin Estlack of Clarendon, Roger Estlack of Clarendon, Tim Ritter of Canyon, Tara Huff of Fritch, and Shannon Cook of Canyon. PPA’s annual convention was reduced to a banquet event for award presentation and officer installation.

The 110th annual meeting of the Panhandle Press Association was held July 24 at the Hoffbrau Steakhouse in Amarillo.
The association’s annual convention, originally scheduled March 20-21 in Perryton, was distilled into one banquet due to COVID-19 pandemic concerns.

South Texas Press Association opted for a virtual convention this year.
Members gathered for an online meeting Aug. 7. It included a two-part program by Editor & Publisher magazine publisher Mike Blinder, a business meeting and awards presentation.

The National Newspaper Association announced 2020 Better Newspaper Contest and Better Advertising Contest winners who will be honored at an awards ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, during NNA’s 134th Virtual Convention & Trade Show.