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Nebraska Press Association Honors Tom Southard

Sportswriter Recognized For 50 Years At Observer

The Nebraska Press Association has honored Tom Southard, who started writing sports for the Western Nebraska Observer in 1964, with a career achievement award.

The NPA welcomed Southard on June 25 into the prestigious Golden Pica Pole Club, which recognizes those who have devoted 50 years or more "of faithful service to the newspaper profession in Nebraska."

The announcement was made during the Nebraska Press Association Virtual 2020 Better Newspaper Contest & Awards Presentation, which is on YouTube. The ceremony is a staple of the NPA's annual convention but went digital this year due to the...