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Hollis Biddle
WACO – Hollis Biddle, one of the deans of Texas sportswriting, died March 13 at age 81.
Biddle worked at the Waco Tribune-Herald for 55 years, spending more than three decades in the sports department before joining the marketing department in 1983. He became the paper’s special projects director later in his career.

NETPA announces contest awards

Sweepstakes winners in the North & East Texas Press AssociationBetter Newspaper Contest included the Texarkana Gazette, the Hood County News, the Azle News, the Princeton Herald and the Murphy Monitor. Showing off awards are Wendi Veigel, representing the Princeton Herald and the Murphy Monitor; Les Minor, Texarkana Gazette; Cher Thompson, Hood County News; and Kim Ware, Azle News.

The North and East Texas Press Association newspaper contest awards were presented at the regional group’s 91st annual convention March 16-18 in Sulphur Springs.

NETPA honors Gary Borders with Sam Holloway Award

Gary Borders was presented the Sam Holloway Award by Suzanne Bardwell at the North & East Texas Press Association convention.

SULPHUR SPRINGS — Gary Borders, an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 40 years, was awarded the Sam Holloway Award at the 2017 North & East Texas Press Association convention.
During his career, Borders served as editor and publisher of newspapers in Longview, Lufkin, Nacogdoches, Mount Pleasant, San Augustine, Cedar Park and Junction City, Kansas. He also taught journalism at Kilgore College. 

Final audit reports are public information; audit working papers are not

Q: Our hospital district board of trustees went into closed session with an outside independent auditor, the board’s attorney, the district attorney and local law enforcement to discuss a forensic audit of district’s finances under its former president. Afterward, the board reconvened in open session and did not discuss the audit results, but voted to send the audit report to law enforcement. Didn’t the board have a duty to discuss the audit report and say why they are sending it to law enforcement before calling a vote?