Sharon Burton, owner/publisher of the Adair County Community Voice and The Farmer’s Pride, has been elected Vice President of KPA/KPS for 2019. She begins the ascent to President (2021), serving as VP in 2019 and President-Elect in 2020. This was the first election for Vice President under a new format organized by the KPA Board of Directors late last year. Instead of submitting one candidate to the membership for Vice President, the Board will now submit at least two and up to four names after certifying each is eligible to serve. Those candidates will then be sent to the membership as a ballot and the person receiving the most votes will be elected Vice President.
This year, four candidates were originally certified and submitted to full members but Jeff Moreland, publisher of the Central Kentucky News Journal and Springfield Sun, resigned his newspaper positions and from the Board. That left Sharon Burton, Dennis Brown with the Lewis County Herald and Regina Catlett of the Sebree Banner/Sturgis News, to be considered by the members for the VP post.
Sharon had also recently been elected as the District 12 Board member but with the move to VP, KPA will be conducting a new election process for the District 12 Board seat. She qualified as Vice President for having served at least three consecutive terms as a State At-Large Board member.
Regina grew up in the newspaper business with her mom and dad owning the Sebree Banner and then the Sturgis News. She’s is still co-owner of the two west Kentucky weeklies, with her brother Tony and another brother Steve works extensively for the newspapers. She came on the Board in late 2013, replacing David Dixon of the Henderson Gleaner in District 4 following his retirement. She was then elected to a full three-year term and then again in January, 2017. She was voted as Treasurer by the Board for 2018 and has been asked to serve in that capacity in 2019 and has accepted the appointment.
She received her BS in Journalism/English from Western Kentucky University in 1972 where she was a staff member of the Talisman and staff writer for the College Heights Herald before serving as editor of the Talisman, 1971-72. Regina taught in the Webster County school system from 1972 to 2005 and also served as yearbook adviser and athletic director from 2000 to 2005. She became a Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Federation of High Schools in 2002.