DON SWARTZ, Publisher
Don Swartz has more than 30 years in the newspaper industry. He began his career in 1981 selling advertising in Tampa, Fla. Over the next 16 years he worked for newspapers in Palatka and St. Augustine, Fla.; Corinth, Meridan and Starkville, Miss; Florence, Ala.; and Sevierville, Tenn.
In 1997, he moved back to Corinth, Miss., as the Publisher. His next move was to Indiana where he was Publisher for the Peru and Wabash newspapers.
In late 2001, Don moved to Florence as a Partner and Publisher of The News Journal, The Darco News & Buyers Guide in Hartsville, and The Marion County News Journal in Marion and Mullins. On July 1, 2006, these properties became the publications of Swartz Media.
His newspaper career includes the following employers: • Sun Publications • Morris Newspapers • New York Times • Hollinger Newspapers • Worrell Newspapers • Paxton Newspapers •Morris Multi-Media
Don is married to Cathy Swartz and they have two daughters, Cassie and Lara. They presently live in Florence where they are members of Central United Methodist Church.
BOB Sloan, Editor
Bob Sloan is a veteran journalist, with 25-plus years of experience at state, regional and local newspapers in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. He also serves as the pastor of Society Hill Presbyterian Church and Patrick Presbyterian Church. He currently resides in Society Hill.
BETH STREETT, Production Manager
Beth has been a member of The News Journal staff since moving to Florence in 1986. She started as a typesetter and part-time bookkeeper.
Currently, she serves as the production manager, responsible for the overall layout of The News Journal and its sister publications - the Hartsville News Journal, Marion County News Journal and the Chesterfield County News & Shopper.
She is the mother of Justin and Jenna.
CATHERINE ROGERS, Bookkeeper
Catherine has been with The News Journal for 6 years. She is married to her husband Jeremy and they have one daughter.
They also have 7 fur babies.
KADEE HODGE, Web Manager
Kadee has been employed with The News Journal for 3 years. She also handles our classifieds, legals, and inserts.
Kadee resides in Darlington with her fiance Joey, 2 kids Jayden and Annaleigh, step-daughter Alexis and Harley (fur baby).
RICHARD OUTLER, Advertising Consultant
Richard is the newest member of The News Journal team. He is the advertising consultant for The News Journal and its sister publication, the Marion County News Journal.