Jay Bondurant, publisher of the Bedford Bulletin and president-elect of the Virginia Press Association, presented a fifty-year club plaque to Nancy Lindsey on Saturday.
The Enterprise staff receives awards
Lindsey inducted ito 50-year club
Nancy Mitchell Lindsey, editor of The Enterprise, was inducted into the Virginia Press Association's Golden 50-Year Club during the annual convention in Richmond Saturday.
The VPA honors people who have had careers in journalism spanning 50 years or more, but the years do not have to be consecutive to be counted.
Lindsey started her journalism career as a columnist reporting on events at Stuart High School for the Martinsville Bulletin during the 1961-62 school year.
In the summer of 1962, following her high school graduation, she wrote several feature stories about Patrick County for the Bulletin.
Lindsey attended Radford University for three years, majoring in English.
She first worked for The Enterprise for about six months in 1966, reporting and writing features. During that time she wrote about some of the county's oldest and most memorable characters, including a legendary moonshiner; a historian and collector who later bestowed many artifacts to the Patrick County Historical Museum; the daughter of a Civil War officer; and an educator who taught in the county's one-room black schools for many years.
Lindsey worked as a reporter and feature writer for the Williamsburg Bureau of the Newport News Daily Press for two years between 1966 and 1968.
During that time she wrote about Colonial Williamsburg interpreters, artisans and events, newsworthy students and faculty members, and visitors to the historic town, including Walt Disney.
Lindsey earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1971, and spent a year working on her master's degree in communications.
In 1972, Lindsey moved back to Patrick County, where she worked for the now-defunct Bull Mountain Bugle for about six months and as a reporter for The Enterprise for a year and a half.
Between 1974 and 1978, Lindsey worked as a Title I teacher at Stuart Elementary School.
She returned to The Enterprise in the summer of 1978 as editor and reporter, a position she continues to hold.
During her career, Lindsey has won VPA awards in almost every writing category, including family and lifestyle feature writing, spot news and general reporting, governmental and public safety reporting, investigative reporting, sports feature writing and editorial writing. She has also won a few photography awards.
In 1990, Lindsey and Gail Harding, publisher of The Enterprise, won the VPA Sweepstakes Award for reporting and photos of the devastating flood of 1979 in Patrick County.
In 1981, Lindsey won second place in the National Newspaper Association contest for feature writing.
In 2010, Lindsey started writing a personal column again, after at least two decades of abstention. In 2012, she won a first-place VPA award for column-writing--her first-ever award in that category.
Lindsey plans to retire "someday" and write The Great American Novel.
She has two children in their 40s, Lynanne Newman and Joel Lindsey, and four grandchildren, ranging in age from 26 to three years.
Roberson wins VPA awards
Lindsay Roberson, advertising director for The Enterprise, won three awards in the Virginia Press Association's advertising contest for 2013.
The awards were presented Saturday night at the annual awards banquet held by VPA at the Hilton Hotel at Short Pump, Richmond.
Roberson won a first-place award in the food and drug category for an ad for Honduras Coffee Shop.
"Going to Honduras Coffee Shop definitely has its perks," the judges wrote. "While the coffee will provide you with a jolt, the nightly musical acts get your toes a-tapping. This advertisement was chosen for first place for its well-placed art, the crispness of its photographs, and its variations of shapes and tones to direct the readers' eyes. Well done."
Roberson won a third-place award in the home and garden category for an ad publicizing Round Hill Plants.
"Neat and clean ad," the judges wrote. "Great branding ad."
She also won a third-place award in the food and drug category for an ad for Doe Run Farm pumpkins.
"I now know where to get my pumpkins," a judge wrote. "The Doe Run Farm has a bushel or two or three of them. This is a nice advertisement showing off the availability of all those pumpkins."
Roberson has been working in advertising for this newspaper since 2009.
She is a 2004 graduate of Patrick County High School.
She earned her B.S. degree, summa cum laude, from Portland State University, majoring in criminology and criminal justice.