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WE MADE IT!! $3 million in ad placement for KPA newspapers in November

By David Thompson | November 23, 2016

Monday afternoon, Rachel brought me an updated advertising run sheet for November. Bottom line? $3.013 million. Tuesday afternoon, she brought another. Bottom line? $3.014 million. To be technical, $3,014,803.28. And the month’s still not over. So November, 2016, becomes the Kentucky Press Service’s biggest advertising month in its 57 years, right at $590,000 more than February, 2010, when the total […]

EKU J-school grad, former reporter elected to State House

By David Thompson | November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016 Angie Hatton, a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University in journalism, has been elected as State Representative for the 94th District. She will represent Letcher and part of Pike County, replacing Rep. Leslie Combs who decided not to seek re-election. Here’s Angie’s bio, taken from a report on new legislators who take office in early January: Angie was […]

Chip Hutcheson receives KBC’s Integrity Award for religion news coverage

By David Thompson | November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016 From the Kentucky Baptist Convention Chip Hutcheson, publisher of the Princeton Times Leader, is the 2016 recipient of the Integrity Award for Coverage of Faith Issues, an honor bestowed by the Kentucky Baptist Convention. KBC Executive Director Paul Chitwood awarded the prize to Hutcheson during the annual meeting of Kentucky Baptists at Florence (KY) Baptist Church. “Our […]

Board elections underway in five districts

By David Thompson | November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016 KPA has started accepting nominations from member newspapers in five districts for three-year terms on the KPA/KPS Board of Directors. The terms begin at the end of the 2017 KPA Convention in January and continue through the end of the 2020 convention. Nominations from member newspapers in the respective districts are being accepted through November 30. If […]

KPNS: If you have RSS experience, we need you; taking a break during Christmas

By David Thompson | November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016 We set up an RSS feed system a little better than a year ago so that a newspaper website involved in the Kentucky Press News Service could show a scrolling of stories posted. Now we’re looking at expanding that RSS feed to any KPNS newspaper wanting to use it on its website. But we need some help. Neither […]

Obituary – Lawrence Hager, Jr.

By David Thompson | November 23, 2016

Posted November 23, 2016 Lawrence W. Hager, Jr, 93, of Owensboro, passed away Saturday, November 19 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. Born in Owensboro, a son of the late Lawrence W. Hager and Martha Augusta Brown Hager, he was a graduate of the Kentucky Military Institute, attended Centre College and graduated from the University of Missouri. He was a United […]

Got a good public notice story?

By David Thompson | November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016 pnrc-journalism-contest-2016-print-flier-usltr-v06 The Public Notice Resource Center is now accepting entries for the 2017 Public Notice Journalism Contest. PNRC is opening the contest to direct entries from newspapers outside of the states whose press associations have their own public notice reporting category. Since the Kentucky Press Association does not have a specific category for Public Notice reporting, you are […]

Federal Court puts new overtime rule on hold

By David Thompson | November 23, 2016

November 23, 2016 Judge Amos Mazzant of the US District Court of Eastern Texas has issued a preliminary injunction against new overtime rules scheduled to go into effect Dec. 1. The judge said his order would hold until further court review, accepting the argument of a number of state governments that to allow the rule to go into effect would […]

JUST SHY OF $3 MILLION!!

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

Oh so close, yet close doesn’t count except in horseshoes and hand grenades. Somewhere we hope to find $7,800. That’s all the staff needs to hit $3 million. Not $3 million for year, that wouldn’t be anything to brag about. $3 million for the month. Of November, 2016. Typically not one of the largest months over the course of a […]

Happy Thanksgiving!!

By David Thompson | November 18, 2016

The KPA Central Office will be closed Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25 so the staff can enjoy Thanksgiving holidays with their families. We’ll reopen Monday, November 28 at the usual time. The KPA News Service will operate pretty much as usual. The exception is Thanksgiving Day itself when there will only be ONE budget issued, instead of the A.M. […]