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Lior Yahalomi appointed Civitas Media CEO

DAVIDSON, NC. – July 8, 2016 – Civitas Media, a publisher of more than 100 community newspapers in 12 states, announced today that Lior Yahalomi, a board member and prior President of Civitas, has been appointed CEO effective today. Mr. Yahalomi replaces Ralph Martin, who is stepping down. “Lior has been entrusted by the board…

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Edwards named Group Publisher for Civitas Media properties in South Carolina

Veteran news executive Patricia Edwards has been named group publisher for Civitas Media properties in South Carolina. She will have oversight of The Union Times, The Newberry Observer, The Herald Independent, The Easley Progress and The Pickens Sentinel. The announcement was made Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, by Joe Pepe, VP regional director of Civitas East…

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Skeens named group publisher of three weekly newspapers in northeastern Kentucky

Barb Anderson Skeens has been named group publisher of three weekly newspapers in northeastern Kentucky – The Floyd County Times (Prestonsburg), Hazard Herald (Hazard) and Pike County Post (Pikeville). The announcement was made Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, by Joe Pepe, VP regional director of Civitas Media’s East Region, the newspapers’ parent company.   Skeens has…

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Pepe named head of Civitas’ East Region
Pepe named head of Civitas’ East Region

Veteran newspaper executive Joseph Pepe has been named VP regional director of Civitas Media’s East Region. The announcement was made Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016 by CEO Ralph Martin. Pepe will lead all operations in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky and West Virginia. He will be based in North Carolina. “Joe is a…

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Pace named editor of the Daily Times
Pace named editor of the Daily Times

Veteran journalist, Fred Pace, has been named editor of the Daily Times in Portsmouth, Ohio. The announcement was made Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, by Publisher Hope R. Comer. Pace has more than 30 years’ experience in the newspaper industry including roles as editor, business editor and reporter in West Virginia. “Fred is the right person at the right…

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From the desk of Gary Lawrence:
Farewell and best wishes
From the desk of Gary Lawrence:<br> <b>Farewell and best wishes</b>

On Jan. 10, 1974, a rather impetuous 24-year-old employed in the JCPenny retail management training program became angry at his regional training manager and walked off the job at 9 a.m. By 1 p.m., he was sitting at a desk at “Today” newspaper in Cocoa, Florida employed as an advertising sales executive (that’s what it…

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Graf named regional publisher of Civitas Southwest Ohio Group

Longtime publishing and advertising executive Randy Graf has been named publisher of the Wilmington News Journal and regional publisher for the Civitas Southwest Ohio Group, which includes the News Journal, Washington Court House Record Herald, The (Hillsboro) Times-Gazette, and Greene County publications (Xenia, Fairborn, Beavercreek, Bellbrook). Graf replaces Pam Stricker, who recently accepted the role…

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Shrader returns to Telegraph as publisher

By Kelsey Landis klandis@civitasmedia.com ALTON — Jim Shrader rejoined The Telegraph team as publisher Wednesday. Shrader comes from a storied background in advertising and publishing, having worked for multiple publications since his start in advertising sales in 1979 at the Granite City Journal, now known as the Granite City Press-Record. He served as advertising director…

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Ed Martin named new publisher of Williamson Daily News
Ed Martin named new publisher of Williamson Daily News

By Kyle Lovern – klovern@civitasmedia.com WILLIAMSON, W.Va. – West Virginia native Ed Martin has been named publisher of the Williamson Daily News. The announcement was made by Bud Hunt, regional director of Civitas Media’s Mountain region, the newspaper’s parent company. Martin also will serve as assistant regional director – West Virginia, with oversight of Civitas…

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Koenders named publisher of Sedalia Democrat
Koenders named publisher of Sedalia Democrat

Denny Koenders was named publisher of the Sedalia Democrat by Civitas Media LLC., the Democrat’s parent company. Koenders comes to the Sedalia Democrat from its sister newspaper, the Altus (Oklahoma) Times where he also served as the publisher and general manager. Koenders is a veteran newspaper man who has served as a publisher, general manager,…

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