Archive for December 2007

Former Lamar publisher Dennis Garrison excited about Texas

December 28, 2007

Former Lamar Democrat Publisher Dennis Garrison took over the reins of the Huntsville Item in Texas in December:

Garrison said he was happy to accept the publisher’s position.

“I’m very pleased with the appointment,” Garrison said. “I’ve got some new plans and ideas for the newspaper and it’s going to be a fun and exciting time.”

A Missouri native, Garrison began his work with newspapers as a pressman in 1974 at the Lamar Daily Democrat in Lamar, Mo.

“Working in a small newspaper setting, I learned all aspects of the newspaper business,” Garrison said. “In 1975, I became editor and publisher for the Lamar Daily Democrat along with two small weeklies nearby.”

In 1979, Garrison joined the advertising sales team at the Pittsburg Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kan., that gave him a new interest in sales.

“I was asked to go and serve as the advertising manager at the Newton Kansan in Newton, Kan., in 1983 and I stayed there for 19 years,” Garrison said. “I love advertising and sales. I really just love the newspaper business as a whole because I get to meet a lot of interesting people.

“I guess the old saying is true — “the ink’s in your blood.’ And that’s pretty much me. I loved the business and stayed with it.”

Garrison and his wife, Karen, who is director of communications at Spring Independent School District, moved to Huntsville in 2002 when he took the position of advertising director at The Item.

“Living in Huntsville has been a great experience for me,” Garrison said. “The people here are fantastic and we just love the community.”

Garrison and Karen enjoy spending time with their two sons — Brandon and Alexander.

Garrison, also an active community member, is a member of the Huntsville Church of Christ and the Huntsville/Walker County Chamber of Commerce Preferred Partners Networking Group.

“It’s great to work with people in the community,” Garrison said. “When people are in need and I am able to help them out through the newspaper, it’s more of a one-on-one experience.”


Oldfield to celebrate birthday, New Year

December 27, 2007

2006 Missouri Press Association President Steve Oldfield’s birthday anniversary is this Tuesday, January 1st.

You may send him a card or note at the following:

Steve Oldfield
P.O. Box 128
Adrian, MO 64720

His email address is:

New background

December 14, 2007

WELCOME to 2008! It is a New Year! So at Missouri Press we decided to give you a new look. The PEN seemed so appropriate that I couldn’t pass it up.

Happy New Year from ALL of us at Missouri Press!

PS – Don’t forget the words of NEW MPA President Jack Whitaker, “Take Part.” That means you! Start now with a quick response here.

Blogs are for YOU

December 13, 2007

Take part. Have info you want to add? A comment that needs said? See the box below?
Don’t be scared. It’s JUST the internet.

What is the matter? Santa got your tongue?  Newspaper people without a word to say? C’mon, I know better.

Newsprint production cut coming

December 13, 2007

NEW YORK, Dec. 3 (Reuters) — AbitibiBowater Inc.’s plans to drastically reduce newsprint production will cut excess capacity in North America and underpin a newsprint price rise next year.
The North American newsprint industry has been hurt by high wood, energy and labor costs, coupled with falling newsprint prices and declining demand.
In a bid to tackle the issues, the industry has been consolidating and reducing production capacity. It also plans to raise newsprint prices by $60 a ton in the first quarter of 2008, following this quarter’s $25-per-ton price rise.
AbitibiBowater, the largest North American newsprint maker, was formed in October following Bowater’s purchase of Abitibi-Consolidated. The company recently announced it would close or idle several mills and reduce annual newsprint production by about 600,000 tons by the first quarter of 2008. Canadian newsprint makers account for about 60 percent of North American production.
The industry’s plans to push through another price increase in the first quarter could further squeeze profit margins of newspaper companies.
AbitibiBowater’s production cuts represent about 5 percent of North American capacity and are even more significant given that it comes at a time when newsprint inventories in North America are at the lowest point in more than 15 years.
AbitibiBowater plans to conduct a mid-year review in 2008 and determine whether
additional capacity cuts are required.
North American newsprint demand is down 11 percent this year. The decline is expected to continue, but the North American industry has been bolstered by rising newsprint exports, spurred by a weak U.S. dollar and strong demand and pricing in Europe. AbitibiBowater sells about a third of its newsprint outside of North America, and it expects exports to increase.

Obit – Louis R. Bonfanti

December 13, 2007

Rock Hill
Louis R. Bonfanti, 82, an advertising salesman for various newspapers in the St. Louis area, died Oct. 7, 2007. During his lifelong career in the newspaper business, Mr. Bonfanti worked for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat (from 1951 to 1979), St. Louis Star-Times, St. Louis Jewish Light, Gateway Golfer Magazine and Webster-Kirkwood Times, Inc. (1986 until retiring in 2006).
Survivors are his wife, B. Chantilla; two children and three grandchildren.

Obit – Eunice Graf

December 13, 2007

Eunice H. Graf, 88, Hermann, retired associate editor of the Hermann Advertiser-Courier and secretary at Graf Printing Co., died Sept. 18, 2007.
Mrs. Graf was a native of Hermann and graduated from high school there in 1935. She served as secretary of Missouri Press Association in 1958.
Survivors are her husband, “JJ” Graf, who served as MPA President in 1966, two daughters, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.