The major highlight of the 149th Missouri Press Association Convention held last week in Columbia came at the Friday evening banquet with the induction of four persons, including a former Editor of The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, into the MPA Newspapers Hall of Fame. William H. “Bill” Plummer, who worked more than 50 years for the Chillicothe daily newspaper, died in 2001.
The major highlight of the 149th Missouri Press Association Convention held last week in Columbia came at the Friday evening banquet with the induction of four persons, including a former Editor of The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune, into the MPA Newspapers Hall of Fame. William H. “Bill” Plummer, who worked more than 50 years for the Chillicothe daily newspaper, died in 2001. Two of his sons, Bill Plummer Jr., and Randy Plummer, were present to receive the Pinnacle award on behalf of their family. A daughter, Jill Plummer, who is the editor of the Sikeston Daily Standard-Democrat, was out of the country and unable to attend. Plummer joined the local newspaper staff in 1941 and except for four years, Plummer worked for the daily before retiring in 1987. After his retirement he continued to write stories, a column called “Reflections” and take and make photographs. He served as a mentor for budding journalists and was given the title of “editor emeritus” by then Publisher Chuck Haney as he continued to work part-time at the paper. He received his University of Missouri School of Journalism degree in 1936 and started as a reporter for Harrison County Times in Bethany. In 1941 he was hired as city editor and the next year moved to the Kansas City Times before joining the U.S. Navy in 1944. In 1946 he returned to the Constitution-Tribune, working for the next 41 years serving as editor, photographer, part-owner, and assistant to the publisher. Plummer received numerous state and local honors and served one term on the city council. The newspaper established an annual scholarship in his name for a Chillicothe High School graduate. He received the Merrill Chilcote Newspaper Award during the 100th anniversary of the Northwest Missouri Press Association. Plummer was an active member of the Northwest Missouri Press Association and the Missouri Press Association. Each individual inducted or his or her family receives the Pinnacle Award. A plaque of each inductee is on permanent display in Columbia, Mo., in the Missouri Press Association building and the Lee Hills Journalism building on the University campus. Others who were inducted in the 2015 Hall of Fame were Darryl Wilkinson of the Gallatin Publishing Company; the late Col. Robert Morgan White of the Weekly Ledger Mexico; and the late George A. Killenberg of the St. Louis Globe Democrat. This year’s event marked the 25th anniversary MPA Newspaper Hall of Fame. The first class inducted in 1991 included 10 persons. Since that first induction ceremony there have been133 persons inducted into the prestigious Hall. There were 18 Hall of Famers present and introduced. Haney, who was publisher of the C-T from 1980-1998, again served as the emcee for the Hall of Fame ceremony that was held at the Holiday Inn Executive Center in Columbia. Haney was inducted into the newspaper Hall of Fame in 2008. The convention began on Thursday with board meetings of the Missouri Press Foundation, the Missouri Press News Service and the Missouri Press Association. A tour of Arrow Rock, Mo., and the print shop museum operated by Missouri Press and Missouri Press Foundation, as well as a home cooked chicken dinner was held for press members and guests on Thursday at the J. Houston Tavern. Meetings and panel sessions continued through Friday and on Saturday The Better Newspaper Contest awards luncheon was held. The Constitution-Tribune’s Paul Sturm received a second place award in the newspaper contest for “Best Sports Pages” during Saturday’s program. President Jim Robertson of the Columbia Tribune presided throughout the convention. The 2016 President is Dennis Warden of Owensville.