News & Announcements

August 2014

American Legion joins Vietnam project to find missing pictures

August 19, 2014

We have enlisted the assistance of the Kansas American Legion in our effort to find a photograph of every soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

As of Aug. 19, we have collected 41 pictures collected out of 265 sought. There were 627 Kansans killed in Vietnam.

Newspapers: still here and still making money

August 19, 2014

The sky is always falling and newspapers are always dying.

For more than a decade, that has been a common and constant refrain. While working at, the Guardian US, and now, the Newspaper Association of America, I have been asked frequently about the state of the industry as people search for the worst.

Judge unseals some records, but leaves affidavits closed in Parsons

August 14, 2014

PARSONS — A Labette County district judge Wednesday unsealed documents in a Parsons quadruple murder case, and revealed for the first time that 26 search warrants had been issued in its investigation.

District Judge Robert Fleming ordered the disclosure of most of the pleadings in a capital murder case against David Cornell Bennett Jr., Cherryvale, who is charged in the November 2013 murders of a Parsons woman and her three children, ages 9, 6, and 4. The cause of their deaths, however, has not been released more than eight months after the victim’s bodies were found in their Parsons residence.

Montgomery Symposium to focus on design ideas

August 12, 2014

The 2014 Montgomery Family Symposium Oct. 9 at the University of Kansas will feature award-winning designer and consultant Ron Reason. Participants who sign up early will receive a free critique and redesign ideas.

Reason headlines this year’s “Do More with Design” workshop created to help publishers, editors and others involved in news and ad design to give their print and web products more energy and appeal.

Services held for long-time Independence publisher

August 8, 2014

— Herbert A. "Hub" Meyer III, editor and publisher of the Independence Daily Reporter for over 43 years, died Thursday (Aug. 7, 2014) at his home following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 67.

Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life Service was held at 1 p.m. Monday at the First United Methodist Church in Independence, with the Rev. Melanie Adams officiating.

Vietnam project: We're now at 38 photos collected

August 7, 2014

The effort to help collect a photo of every soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War took a leap to 38 pictures collected out of 265 sought this past week.

"I hope our member newspapers continue their diligent efforts to seek the pictures from their market area for this worthwhile endeavor," said Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association.

July 2014

Four Kansans honored for efforts on open government

July 28, 2014

The Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government honored four Johnson County area residents with 2014 Friend of Open Government awards in Overland Park Monday.

The awards were presented at the close of a Kansas Open Records and Kansas Open Meetings Act training co-sponsored by the Kansas Attorney General's Office, the Sunshine Coalition and the Kansas Press Association.

This year’s recipients include Rep. John Rubin, Shawnee; Robert and Adlynn Harte, Leawood, and Karen Dillon, a former Kansas City Star reporter and producer for KSHB TV in Kansas City.

Open government advocate Randy Brown dies

July 24, 2014

Randy Brown, executive director of the Sunshine Coalition since 2005, died Wednesday in Wichita.

Brown, a founding board member and two-time past president of the coalition, was until 2013 a senior fellow and faculty member in the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University. He had been on the faculty since 2001.

Vietnam project: We're now at 29 photos collected

July 16, 2014

The effort to help collect a photo of every soldier who paid the ultimate sacrifice during the Vietnam War has led to 29 pictures collected out of 265 sought.

Seigenthaler chose to raise hell on First Amendment

July 14, 2014

A lead pipe to the head will get your attention.

One day in 1961, Justice Department aide John Seigenthaler was brutally attacked with a pipe by Ku Klux Klansmen as he rushed to protect Freedom Riders arriving in Montgomery, Ala. The Klansmen left John in the street to die.

But John survived, going on to a rich career as a journalist and a passionate First Amendment advocate who would laugh about how Attorney General Bobby Kennedy thanked him for “using his head.” John died at 86 Friday morning in Nashville.