Visitation Thursday, services Friday for Betty Berryman; numerous personnel changes made as 2021 draws to a close

We continue mourning the death of 1986 KPA President Betty Berryman who passed away Christmas morning in Winchester. She was well-respected within the industry and in her Winchester community where she had served as general manager and then publisher of the Winchester Sun.

Betty was the first female to serve as president of KPA and certainly one of the earliest to serve as president of any state press association. Betty’s role opened the door for 10 more women to lead the Kentucky Press Association and that’s including 2021 President Sharon Burton and 2022 President Regina Catlett who takes office next month.

From Sharon Burton, publisher of the Adair County Community Voice.

“When I took office as president of KPA this year, the fact that I am a female didn’t even register as an obstacle for me. Betty Berryman led the way for females of my generation and generations to come to work toward goals and accomplishments knowing that our abilities would determine our paths and not limitations due to gender. We owe her a lifetime of gratitude.”

— Sharon Burton, 2021 President, Kentucky Press Association

Visitation will be held at Scobee Funeral Home in the chapel from 4 to 6 p.m. (Eastern) on Thursday, December 30. The funeral service will follow at the same location on 11 a.m. Friday, December 31, with burial following the service at Clairmont Memorial Gardens. The pallbearers will be Stephen Berryman, Scott Berryman, Stuart Berryman, Toulmin Hubbard, and Joshua Berryman.


Betty’s death accounted for the fourth Past President to pass away this year. Al Smith died in March; David Hawpe died in July; and Max Heath died in August.=

Two other members of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame were lost in 2021, including for Lexington Herald-Leader publisher Tim Kelly who died in May and retired Henderson Gleaner editor Ron Jenkins who passed away in September.


At the end of the year, it’s usually news about papers being sold that leads any news of changes in the industry. This year, all the news focuses on personnel:”

  • Patricia Jenkins, who has been general manager then publisher of the Cynthiana Democrat since 2014, has added the publisher title and advertising sales manager for the Grant County News in Williamstown. Jenkins has advanced her career in the sales field in a number of companies across multiple industries. Along the way she not only has effectively trained others for success, but has invested in her own skillset through various sales and marketing programs and courses at Maysville Community & Technical College and the University of Kentucky.

Her professional career began as a marketing specialist with American Custom Safety, handling the company’s high-end clients and representing its product and service line through trade shows across the country. From there, Jenkins joined AdColor, a multi-industry promotion and marketing graphic solutions provider where she worked setting up company retail locations for the organization.

Jenkins transitioned to community newspapers in 2000 when joining Landmark Community Newspapers as advertising manager of Cynthiana Democrat. In that role she also worked with The Cats’ Pause, leading a sales representative and directly selling the collegiate sports publication in the Lexington, KY market.  Following the retirement of George Jacobs in 2014, Jenkins was named general manager of The Cynthiana Democrat, then publisher in 2020.

  • Michelle Lira has been named Advertising Sales Manager of the Carrollton News Democrat, Carrollton Owenton News Herald, Owenton; and Trimble Banner, Bedford.

In her new role, Lira assumes responsibility for achieving print and digital advertising revenue goals and objectives for these neighboring weekly newspapers in northern KY, while retaining her current responsibilities as advertising manager of the Madison Courier, Madison, IN, and North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun, North Vernon, IN.

A native of Indianapolis, IN, Lira’s professional career began with JC Penney Co. where she held a variety of key positions including senior sales manager and buyer. Managing $10 million in sales in her buyer role for the national department store chain, she also served as district sales and merchandising trainer with responsibility for 26 retail store locations across a number of markets.

Following two decades of service with JC Penney, Lira transitioned to the newspaper industry in 2010 as an advertising sales consultant and special sections coordinator with the Madison Courier. Building upon her retail industry sales acumen, Lira has advanced her sales responsibilities and revenue growth impact with the Madison Courier, its web-based radio component, WKM News, and the North Vernon Plain Dealer & Sun. Since the June acquisition of Landmark, she also has been key to direct sales, sales team management and sales systems training for these publications in northern KY.

  •  Tom Barr has been named Publisher and Editor of the Spencer Magnet, Taylorsville, while retaining his current publisher role at the Pioneer News in Shepherdsville. In his new role, Barr will assume responsibility for bottom-line financial performance management of the Spencer Magnet, Taylorsville.

Barr began his newspaper career in 1984 as editor of the Mount Washington Star after earning a degree in journalism as a summa cum laude graduate of Eastern Kentucky University. Six months later he joined the Star’s nearby competitor, The Pioneer News. Barr would eventually be named publisher of the twice-weekly newspaper in Bullitt County, and has successfully served readers and advertisers since that time under the ownership of Scripps-Howard, Landmark Community Newspapers, and now Paxton Media Group.

In 2018, Barr was assigned managerial responsibility for Standard Publishing, Landmark’s printing facility in Shepherdsville. With printing plant consolidation and management structure changes following acquisition by PMG, Barr now is eager to assume oversight of the Spencer Magnet while still operating The Pioneer News.

  • Ben Carlson has added publisher & regional news director of PMG’s northern Kentucky publication group to his professional experience.

In his new role, Carlson will be responsible for leading development and implementation of content improvement plans targeting accuracy, timeliness and impact of print and digital news and information of newspapers across the group. He also will assume publisher assignment and responsibility for The Sentinel News, Shelbyville, while maintaining bottom-line management responsibility as publisher of The Anderson News, Lawrenceburg.

A native of Nunda, NY, Carlson joined Landmark Community Newspapers in 2004 as managing editor of The Brunswick Beacon, Shallotte, NC. His career path with the company brought him to Kentucky in 2006 when he was promoted to publisher of The Anderson News.

Since the June acquisition of Landmark by PMG, Anderson has been key to news coverage and publication production continuity at several of our properties in north central Kentucky.

  • Jane Ashley Pace to the position of Publisher & Regional Advertising Director of PMG’s northern Kentucky group.

A native of Campbellsville, Pace has served as a director of the Kentucky Press Association, both as an at-large member and representing District 6 since 2018. She was recently elected to serve as Vice President of KPA for 2022.

In her new role, Pace will be responsible for developing, implementing and managing effective sales improvement plans to accelerate profitable print and digital advertising revenue and active customer growth. She will maintain publisher assignment and responsibility for The Oldham Era, La Grange, KY, and Henry County Local, Eminence, KY.

Following graduation from the University of Kentucky with degrees in integrated strategic communications and political science, Pace began her professional career as assistant director at the Kentucky Oil & Gas Association in Frankfort, KY. In this role, she recruited members, served as editor and sales representative of the association’s newsletter and represented the industry as a lobbyist during state legislative sessions.

Her newspaper career began with Landmark Community Newspapers at the Grant County News, Williamstown, KY, where she worked as an advertising sales representative. In 2006, Pace was promoted to sales manager at the Anderson News, Lawrenceburg.

In 2008, Pace joined the Lexington Herald-Leader where she held a variety of key positions including targeted publications coordinator and marketing, sales, training and research manager. After nearly a decade with the daily in Lexington, she returned to Landmark in 2017 as publisher of The Oldham Era and Henry County Local.

  •  John Thompson has been named editor of the Carrollton News Democrat. In his new role Thompson will be responsible for all aspects of news gathering, reporting, feature writing, photography and other information content oriented activities of news staff and correspondents at the weekly newspaper in both its print and digital formats.

Prior to the recent acquisition by Paxton Media Group, Thompson has served as regional reporter since September 2014. In this role he has covered news and information assignments for the Carrollton News Democrat, the Trimble Banner and the Owenton News-Herald serving readers and advertisers across Carroll, Trimble and Owen counties. While a student at Morehead State University, Thompson served as a regular columnist for the university’s student newspaper, the Trail Blazer, and was editor of his high school newspaper as well.

Before joining Landmark, Thompson was a speech and debate coach for five years at Rowan County High School. He specialized in informative and extemporaneous speaking.

  • Josh Guthrie has been promoted to Production Plant Manager of Paxton Media Group plants in Cynthiana and Shepherdsville. In his new role Josh will be responsible for all production at PMG plants located in Cynthiana and Shepherdsville, including printing, advertising pre-print receipt management and insertion, and distribution mail packaging of all company-owned and commercial customer publications.

Josh brings a strong background and proven track record of pre-press, press and mailroom production management to his new role.

Prior to the recent acquisition by Paxton Media Group, Josh has served as the plant manager in Cynthiana since September 2014.  He began his career with LCNI in 2004 at Kentucky Homes Magazine.  He assumed production and office management of KHM’s Cynthiana and Berea offices in 2006 while concurrently serving as Web Printing Specialist for the Cynthiana and Tell City plants.  In 2008, Josh was named Technical Manager of the Cynthiana Plant, overseeing a wide variety of plant upgrades and designing new workflows around them.


Forrest Berkshire, editor of the Kentucky Standard in Bardstown, has announced he is leaving the newspaper as of January 14. Forrest has accepted a position with the Nelson County School System. Forrest has served as a State At-Large KPA Board member and was going to serve in that same role in 2022.

Forrest was the first Weekly Newspaper Journalist of the Year, named by KPA as a result of awards presented in the 2020 KPA News Contest. The Journalist of the Year award was started in the 2020 contest and three JOYs are named each year – a Weekly Newspaper, a Daily Newspaper and a Student Publication. The top individual in each division receiving the most points in the contest are declared the winner in their respective division.


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