Prince inducted into Hall of Honor

Published 12:00 am Sunday, September 23, 2007

Former Selma Times-Journal publisher H. Shelton Prince Jr., was inducted into the Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor Saturday during a ceremony in the Ralph Brown Draughon Library at Auburn University.

Prince, an Oakman native, began his newspaper career at the Cedartown, Ga., Standard in 1956.

During his career, he spent time in Galveston and Laredo, Texas; Jasper and Selma and was publisher of the Brownwood, Texas, Bulletin at the time of his death in 1997.

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Prince was remembered as a “journeyman publisher, a great human being and a caring mentor” said Jim Boone, chairman of Boone Newspapers.

Prince was a civic leader, who worked with people professionally and personally and was generous with his time and money.

Active in every community he served, he was involved with the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Boy Scouts and the YMCA. He was awarded the Silver Beaver Award by the Boy Scouts of America and was named Man of the Year in Brownwood in 1995 for his leadership in civic and charitable work.

Prince was president of the Alabama Press Association in 1980 and president of the APA Journalism Foundation in 1977. In addition, he led the successful five-year effort to double the Foundation’s endowment, an effort that began in 1984.

Prince and Evelyn Doster were the 100th and 101st journalists inducted posthumously by the Alabama Press Association since the Alabama Newspaper Hall of Honor was established in 1959.

Prince worked to better the newspapers and the communities in which he served and is deserving of this honor.