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Neosho editor recovering from Legionnaires’ disease

August 4, 2010

John Ford, a member of the Neosho Daily News staff since 1995 and managing editor since 2007, has been away from the newsroom since May 30 after suffering a severe illness.
Ford contracted Legionnaires’ disease, which is caused by a type of bacteria. He spent several weeks in the Intensive Care Unit at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin and nearly seven weeks in the hospital overall during his recovery. He was released from the hospital on July 9 and is recovering at his home in Neosho.
“Throughout this ordeal, our No. 1 concern was the health of John Ford,” said Rick Rogers, editor and publisher of the Daily News. “John is a very well-respected and well-liked member of our newspaper team, and in the community. We were not surprised to see the amount of cards wishing him a speedy recovery from our readers once word got out that John was severely ill and in the hospital.”
Ford is expected to recover from his illness, and doctors may release him for part-time work in August and fulltime work in September if his recovery goes well.
Legionnaires’ disease got its name in 1976 when many people who went to a Philadelphia convention of the American Legion suffered from an outbreak of this disease, a type of pneumonia.
Each year between 8,000 and 18,000 people are hospitalized with Legionnaires’ disease in the U.S.
—Neosho Daily News

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Cope named CEO of American Consolidated Media

December 18, 2008

Former GateHouse Media executive and Neosho Daily News Publisher Randy Cope has been named CEO and co-president of American Consolidated Media:

“Randy has approximately 20 years of operational and managerial experience in the U.S. community newspaper sector,” Macquarie CEO Mark Downey said in announcing the appointment at the company’s annual meeting in Sydney.

“Randy’s appointment is another step in the process that began 18 months ago, when Macquarie and ACM sought to grow ACM into a more substantial business,” Downey said. “Significantly, since then ACM has grown to the fifth-largest small-market community newspaper group in the U.S.”

Dallas-based ACM was founded ten years ago by Jeremy Halbreich, who resigned as CEO this summer, a year after the chain was acquired by Macquarie. ACM publishes 104 dailies and non-dailies in 10 states.

Obit – James Lawrence Burrows

March 31, 2008

James Lawrence Burrows, 59, a reporter and photographer for the Neosho Daily News for 22 years, died of heart disease on March 5, 2008. He was employed by Newton County at the time of his death.

Randy Cope resigns from Gatehouse

February 29, 2008

Randy Cope, a former publisher of the Neosho Daily News, resigned as co-chief operating officer of GateHouse Media, effective Jan. 28.
Cope’s resignation ended five decades of his family’s involvement with the Daily News. In 1952, Cope’s grandfather, Howard W. Bush, took the reins of the Neosho Daily Democrat and renamed it the Neosho Daily News.
Cope’s father, Kenneth, became publisher of the paper when Bush died in 1969. Kenneth and his wife, Anne, became sole owners in 1983. He served as publisher and she as editor until she retired in 1991.
In 1987 the Copes sold the paper to American Publishing Co. Kenneth remained publisher until taking another position with American Publishing. Randy Cope then became publisher. In 2005 Randy was named co-president of what had been renamed Liberty Publishing Co. The company again was renamed, becoming GateHouse Media.
Cope named Rick Rogers publisher of the Daily News in 2005.
Randy, his wife, Pam, and three children live in Joplin.

Higdon named Gatehouse Media ‘Above and Beyond’ Winner

December 7, 2007

• Neosho — Todd Higdon, staff writer for the Neosho Daily News, has been named the first winner of GateHouse Media’s Above and Beyond monthly contest. He won for his coverage of the church shooting on Aug. 12 that killed three and wounded several.
Higdon was on the scene within 15 minutes, taking photos and interviewing witnesses. He later answered questions for CNN.