News & Announcements

November 2015

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November 25, 2015

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Valassis special postage deal goes out with a whimper

November 20, 2015

WASHINGTON—The long struggle between the newspaper industry and Valassis Inc., over the direct mail company’s special postage discounts from the U.S. Postal Service appears to have ended with a whimper. In November, Valassis filed a report saying it had carried out no mailings eligible for the special discount. It announced it had paid an agreed $100,000 penalty to USPS last September.

Former Conway Springs/Argonia co-publisher dies

November 17, 2015

Dalice Ann (Shinn) Cline, 79, former co-owner/publisher of the Conway Springs Star & Argonia Argosy and retired USD 356 Conway Springs administration secretary, died Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at Medicalodges in Goddard, Kan.

She was born Nov. 16, 1935 on a farm west of Millerton, Kan., to Theodore Kermet Shinn and Nellie (Hussey) Shinn and was a 1953 graduate of Conway Springs High School.

Bookkeeper leaves $10,000 to KNF

November 12, 2015

Avanell Sherrill Mitchell, ­who died this past May, left a certificate of deposit worth $10,001.05 to the Kansas Newspaper Foundation.

Mitchell was a bookkeeper at the Southwest Daily Times for more than 50 years.

Anstaett, Cornish recognized by Huck Boyd Center

November 12, 2015

The executive directors of the Kansas Press Association and Kansas Association of Broadcasters have been named recipients of the 2015 Community Journalism Leaders of the Year award by the Huck Boyd National Institute for Rural Development and the Huck Boyd National Center for Community Media.

Doug Anstaett, KPA executive director, and Kent Cornish, KAB executive director, were presented the awards at Nov. 5 luncheon at Kansas State University.

AP's Elon Torrence dead at 98

November 12, 2015

Elon Torrence, 98, of Topeka died Wednesday, November 11, 2015, at McCrite Plaza.

Memorial services will held in conjunction with Elon's wife Polly Torrence, 95, who died Monday, and will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, in Klasse Chapel at First United Methodist Church, 600 S.W. Topeka Blvd. in Topeka.

Former publisher Head dead at 80

November 8, 2015

James S. “Jim” Head, 80, died Saturday, October 31, 2015 at Southwest Medical Center in Liberal.

James Sylvester Head was born Dec. 7, 1934 in rural Colbert County, Alabama. He was raised in Littleville, Ala. and in 1953, he graduated from Russellville High School in Russellville, Ala.

October 2015

Max Kautsch takes over as Legal Hotline attorney

October 26, 2015

Max Kautsch, a graduate of Washburn University School of Law, has been named the new Legal Hotline attorney for the Kansas Press Association.

NAA names David Chavern president, CEO

October 23, 2015

ARLINGTON, VA. — The Newspaper Association of America has announced that its board of directors has selected David Chavern, a seasoned public policy and advocacy leader, as its new president and CEO, effective Oct. 14.

Merriam retires as Legal Hotline attorney

October 21, 2015

Mike Merriam, who has served as the Kansas Press Association’s Legal Hotline attorney for more than three decades, announced his retirement this week due to ongoing health struggles.