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June 17, 2014

Pace to celebrate 100th birthday, public invited

You are cordially invited to the 100th birthday celebration for Mark Pace, the editor emeritus of The Daily Citizen and a longtime Dalton resident.

The birthday party is a drop-in event on Saturday from 3 to 5 p.m. in the fellowship hall of First Baptist Church of Dalton. Attendees are asked to dress casually and to come as you are. No gifts please.

There will be birthday cake and drinks will be provided. The event is being put on by the Pace family and The Daily Citizen. Pace’s birthday is actually Friday, but the community can celebrate his birthday one day later.

Pace began his journalism career as a freshman in high school in Wauchula, Fla., when he became editor of the school newspaper. He worked for 37 years as the editor of the Dalton News, the Dalton Citizen and later The Daily Citizen after the newspapers combined, before retiring from the newspaper in 1982. For several years he was a columnist for the newspaper’s Lifestyles section. He is now the editor emeritus of The Daily Citizen.

He was named “Man of the Year in Dalton” in 1955. In 1957, he was recognized as a leading editorial page columnist in a program sponsored by the Georgia Press Association. In 2011, he had the dual honor of being inducted into the Junior Achievement Northwest Georgia Business Hall of Fame and was feted as the Family Support Council’s “Toast of the Town.”

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