COLUMBUS – Larry Jackson of La Grange is serving as interim publisher for the Colorado County Citizen.
He is filling in while Granite publications searches for a new publisher, a new managing editor and other staff positions.
Daniel Philhower, vice president of operations at Granite Publications, manager of The Citizen, announced the changes.
Former publisher Michelle Banse Stokes and former business manager Lori Olivarez-Ligues left in late July to pursue a new venture with a travel publication.
Managing editor Vince Leibowitz left earlier to pursue other interests in the newspaper business. Former managing editor Alesia Woolridge has returned temporarily after publishing the Eagle Lake Headlight for several years.
Jackson, the retired editor and publisher of the Fayette County Record, is serving as mentor to the staff and community leader.
Readers and advertisers met Jackson at a reception hosted by Granite Publications and its president, Jim Chionsini.
A veteran newspaperman, Jackson is a past president of the Texas Press Association, South Texas Press Association and for 10 years was Texas State Chair for the National Newspaper Association. He also serves on the board of directors of the Texas Newspaper Foundation and was president of the foundation for 12 years.
He has been editor and publisher of daily and weekly newspapers across Texas and California. Prior to LaGrange, he published the Wharton Spectator-Journal for 16 ears. He also served simultaneously as publisher of the East Bernard Express.
He has also worked as a reporter, editor and/or general manager with the Arlington Daily Mews, Austin Citizen, Laredo Times, Henderson Daily News, Round Rock Leader and the Pecos Enterprise as well as the Corona Independent in California.
He also is active in community and charity groups and is a longtime Bible class teacher at his church. Jackson is active in Rotary, where he is in his second year as lieutenant governor of the Central Texas Rotary District.