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Morris Publishing Group Names Rustan Burton Publisher of the Juneau Empire

AUGUSTA, GA — May 17, 2013 — Morris Publishing Group, LLC announced today the appointment of Rustan Burton to publisher of the Juneau Empire in Juneau, AK.

Burton’s media career began at The Anchorage Daily News in 2008 where he had various positions including retail sales manager.  He is the current advertising director at The Daily Republic in Mitchell, SD, part of Forum Communications.  Throughout his career at Forum, he has also held various corporate leadership and mentorship roles.

St. Augustine Record Publisher Ron Davidson Announces Retirement

AUGUSTA, GA — February 14, 2013 — Veteran newspaperman Ron Davidson, publisher of The St. Augustine Record, announced today that he will retire from the newspaper later this year.

“My wife and I have been planning this for some time and it’s getting near the time for me to play more golf and spend more time with the family. I’ve truly enjoyed my time at The Record and appreciate the kindnesses and friendships I’ve gained in my three plus years here,” Davidson said.

Morris Publishing Group Announces 2013 President’s Club Winners

AUGUSTA, GA — February 1, 2013 — Morris Publishing Group, LLC (MPG) announced today the 2013 President’s Club winners. These awards recognize the best and brightest sales executives and their 2012 sales efforts throughout MPG.

This year’s winners include:

Morris Communications Company, LLC Urges FCC To Follow Through On Plans To Repeal Newspaper/Radio Cross-ownership Rule

AUGUSTA, GA — January 10, 2013 — Morris Communications Company, LLC ("Morris") urges the Federal Communications Commission ("FCC") to follow through on announced plans to repeal the restriction on common ownership of newspapers and radio stations in local media markets.

Morris Publishing Group’s Jeff Hartley Promoted to VP of Consumer Revenue

AUGUSTA, GA— January 8, 2013 — Jeff Hartley, vice president of circulation for Morris Publishing Group, LLC has been promoted to vice president of consumer revenue, effective immediately. This new role will focus on increasing value to consumers, both on digital and print platforms and increasing consumer revenue.

“I’m very pleased to have someone with Jeff’s experience in this new role,“ said William S. Morris IV, chief executive officer of Morris Publishing Group.

Morris Publishing Group Names Jim Dyer as General Manager of Main Street Digital

AUGUSTA, GA — October 23, 2012 — Jim Dyer, vice president of Morris Digital Solutions, has been named general manager of Main Street Digital, a new division of Morris Publishing Group, LLC. Main Street Digital will serve local businesses in Morris newspaper markets by offering a full suite of digital marketing solutions ranging from search engine optimization and marketing, website origination for both web and mobile applications, email and text marketing and social media management. The company will also offer highly advanced targeted and retargeted display advertising.

Morris Publishing Group Names Alan English Publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat

AUGUSTA, GA — October 12, 2012 — Alan English, vp of audience at TAC Media and The Augusta Chronicle, has been named publisher of the Log Cabin Democrat and in Conway, Arkansas.

English, a 25-year veteran of the media industry, is vice president of audience at The Augusta (Ga.) Chronicle, responsible for product development, marketing, new media and news. He joined The Chronicle in 2009 as executive editor after serving as a top editor at The Times, Shreveport, La., since 2000.

Savannah Morning News Names Steve Yelvington Vice President of Audience

SAVANNAH, GA— October 1, 2012 — Steve Yelvington, principal strategist at Morris Publishing Group has been named vice president of audience for the Savannah Morning News, a new, senior-level position created by each of Morris Publishing Group’s metro markets. This new role will focus on building a powerful community voice by growing the news, audience and digital efforts.

Yelvington started his career as a small-town weekly newspaper editor.  Since 2001, he has served in senior management positions at Morris DigitalWorks and Morris Publishing Group.

Morris Communications Partners with Hearst’s LocalEdge™ to Offer Internet Marketing Services with One-Stop-Shop Digital Agency

Augusta, GA and Buffalo, NY (September 26, 2012) – Morris Publishing Group, LLC, has reached an agreement with LocalEdge™, a Hearst Media Services Company, to resell LocalEdge’s comprehensive suite of digital marketing solutions to local businesses in Morris newspaper markets. As part of this agreement, Morris will also be transitioning existing LocalEdge offices in Augusta (GA) and Jacksonville (FL) to its new division Main Street Digital.  

Morris Publishing Group Announces the Call for Redemption of all of its Public Debt

AUGUSTA, GA. — July 12, 2012 — Morris Publishing Group, LLC, today announces the call for redemption of all of its public debt. The company elected to redeem all outstanding notes under its publicly filed Indenture, and deposited funds with the Trustee to pay off these notes on Aug. 10, 2012.  Morris Publishing refinanced its debt under more favorable terms with CB&T, of Columbus, Georgia, a division of Synovus Bank.