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Two inducted into WVPA Hall of Fame

Jul. 27, 2013 @ 08:10 AM

PARKERSBURG - The late publisher of The Parkersburg News and The Parkersburg Sentinel will be inducted into the West Virginia Press Association Hall of Fame.

Francis R. Hollendonner was publisher of the Parkersburg newspapers for 17 years, from 1975 to 1992. The News & Sentinel is a sister newpaper to The Inter-Mountain, all of which are owned by Wheeling-based Ogden Newspapers Inc.

The induction ceremony will be held Aug. 8 at the President’s Reception during the 2013 Annual Convention Aug. 8-10 at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling. Mrs. Hollendonner will accept the honor on behalf of her late husband.

Hollendonner, an avid golfer and Pittsburgh Steelers fan, retired from the newspaper in 1992. He died July 29, 2008, at the age of 81.

In 2001, Hollendonner received the Adam R. Kelly Award for outstanding service to the newspaper industry from the press association.

Also being inducted into the Hall of Fame is the late Lyell B. Clay, an owner of the Charleston Daily Mail. He died Nov. 15, 2007.