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The Progress owners given special honor
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Holding plaques won at last weekend’s South Texas Press Association convention in San Marcos, including two best all-around sweepstakes awards, are members of the Beeville Publishing Co. staff, who produce the Bee-Picayune, Refugio County Press and The Progress in Live Oak-McMullen counties. Kneeling are Co-Publishers Chip and Jeff Latcham; and standing are front row, from left, Jackie Schubert, Velma Gonzales, Mary Casarez, Stacy Forbes, Kenda Nelson, Sandy Rice, Laura Campbell, Kathy Taylor, Ruben Montez, Bruce Harper, Jason Collins; and in back, Albert Reynolds, Alex Trevino, Lakin Miller, Daphne Garcia, Eddie Gomez, Lynda Lopez, Kristin McGee, Sarah Taylor, Karl and Rita Arnst and Jeff Brewer. Several employees were unable to be present for the photo at a company barbecue Sunday.
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At last weekend’s 83rd annual convention of the South Texas Press Association in San Marcos, the owners of the Beeville Publishing Co., which publishes The Progress, received special recognition.

Members of the Latcham family were surprised to learn that the STPA board of directors decided to name the annual community service award the Fred and Joyce Latcham Community Service Award, to honor the memory of the late longtime owners of the Beeville Publishing Co.

The large hand-painted plaque reads in part: “desiring to recognize the legacy of service to community in the spirit of quality journalism exhibited through numerous Community Service Awards presented to the Beeville Bee-Picayune by not only the South Texas Press Association, but also the Texas Gulf Coast Press Association and the Texas Press Association, and throughout a lifetime of service as publishers and subsequently by their heirs, Frederick Charles ‘Chip’ Latcham and George Geoffrey ‘Jeff’ Latcham, we hereby resolve to honor in perpetuity Fred and Joyce Latcham by naming one of the most prestigious awards presented by the South Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest as the Fred and Joyce Latcham Community Service Award.”

Chip Latcham, who was in attendance and accepted the award, said, “My mother and father would have been so pleased with this honor from the STPA.”

He later added, “As community newspapermen and women, we have no higher calling than providing all the news, opinions, photos and advertisements to our communities in Bee, Live Oak and McMullen, and Refugio counties.

“Our readers count on us to provide everything from births to obituaries, weddings and engagements, coverage of meetings, courts and police reports, schools and sports – which can only be found in our hometown papers.”

Also last Friday at the STPA convention, Beeville and Refugio won the sweepstakes trophy as the best all-around newspapers in their division in South Texas.
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