Voice Publisher Named to SCPA Executive Committee

Barbara Ball

GREENVILLE, S.C. – Barbara Ball, publisher of The Independent Voice of Blythewood and Fairfield County, was elected to the Executive Committee of the S.C. Press Association at the organization’s annual meeting at the Poinsett Hotel in Greenville March 23.

“Barbara has been an active member of the Press Association for many years and we think she will be a strong representative of smaller community papers on our board,” said Bill Rogers, SCPA Executive Director.

Ball founded The Country Chronicle in November 1998, selling the publication in June of 2005. Ball then founded The Voice in June of 2010, expanding that publication to include Fairfield County in June 2012.

Ball joins Dan Cook, editor of the Free Times in Columbia, Jane Pigg of Cheraw, publisher of The Link, and Gayle Smith, vice president of advertising for The Post and Courier in Charleston on two-year terms on the Committee.
Debbie Abels, publisher of The Herald in Rock Hill, and Mike Smith, executive editor of the Herald-Journal in Spartanburg, were re-elected to continuing terms on the Committee.

Jack Osteen, publisher of The Item in Sumter, was elected president of the SCPA. Morrey Thomas, publisher of the News and Press in Darlington, was elected weekly vice president; Judi Mundy Burns, publisher of the Index-Journal in Greenwood, daily vice president; and Ellen Priest, president and publisher of The Summerville Journal Scene, The (Goose Creek) Gazette and The Berkeley Independent in Moncks Corner, treasurer.
The SCPA Executive Committee is the governing body of the association, which represents every daily newspaper in the state and more than 90 weekly newspapers.