Saturday, February 24th, 2018

Estlack to be honored by PPA Hall of Fame

A former local newspaper woman will be honored in this week when the Panhandle Press Association inducts two new members into its Hall of Fame. Ruby Dell Estlack, former co-owner of The Donley County Leader, will be honored alongside Doug McDonough of the Plainview Daily Herald.

The pair will be inducted when PPA holds its 101st annual convention in Amarillo this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The three-day convention begins Thursday, with an opening reception at the Ambassador Hotel. The Hall of Fame banquet will be held at the American Quarter Horse Museum following a reception at 6 p.m. on Friday.

Estlack worked for 38 years at The Donley County Leader in Clarendon, beginning shortly after she married George Wayne Estlack in 1936. They became the sole owners of the paper in 1958. During her career, she was very active with the PPA and attended many conventions. She and her late husband sold the paper in November 1974 to The Clarendon Press, but the Estlacks remained in the office supply and printing business into the mid-1990s.

McDonough has been involved with journalism in the Texas Panhandle for almost 40 years. He has been with the Plainview Daily Herald since 1976 and twice was president of the Panhandle Press Association and headed its Hall of Fame selection committee for several years.

Workshops and roundtable discussions will be held at the Ambassador Hotel throughout the day Friday, and the luncheon will feature a wind energy update.

The convention will close with its annual Better Newspaper Awards Brunch at the Ambassador Saturday morning.

For more information about the Panhandle Press Association, call Secretary Ashlee Estlack at 806-662-4687 or visit

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