Texas Press Messenger

Texas Press Messenger

AUSTIN – Odessa American publisher Patrick Canty, whose newspaper has waged a lengthy legal battle for access to local public records, will be honored with the prestigious James Madison Award.

The Texas Better Newspaper Contest is going back to a calendar year contest period, giving newspapers a few more months to prepare for the next event.

TPA Chairman Ramona Ferguson with Brad Blalock, TGCA board president.

The Texas Girls Coaches Association honored Texas Press Association with the Margaret McKown Distinguished Service Award, citing outstanding contributions to girls’ athletics, during an awards program held in conjunction with the group’s annual summer clinic. On behalf of TPA, Chairman Ramona Ferguson accepted the award from Brad Blalock, incoming TGCA board president.

AMARILLO — The 111th annual meeting of the Panhandle Press Association held July 23-24 featured programs, panel discussions, contest awards and other recognitions.

GIDDINGS – Texas Gulf Coast Press Association members enjoyed programs featuring state officials as well as noted journalists during their 83rd convention at Tejas Camp & Retreat near Giddings. Speakers included a trio of Texas A&M graduates and college buddies, former Gov.

UVALDE — South Texas Press Association members gathered July 29-31 for the group’s 95th convention. Sessions were held at the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center, where the group was welcomed by Uvalde Mayor Don McLaughlin Jr.