It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Jeff Clark has agreed to take the reigns as the first Managing Editor of The Columbus Packet. In his position, he will be the first non-owner to manage the content and quality of the paper in the 22-year history of The Packet. Jeff has had a successful career in the newspaper business, most recently with the Commercial Dispatch right here in Columbus. Over the last five weeks, Jeff has displayed his intricate knowledge of the political landscape in Columbus and has established a clear vision for the future of the paper.
That vision is to enhance what The Packet has done for years: to be the voice of the people, the paper of record and the champion of the community. This week’s issue is the largest paper we’ve ever printed, with more than 64 pages of local news about local people and issues. As the paper grows, we promise to keep equal focus on what The Packet means for certain readers, including our tradition of unparalleled crime and political coverage(sometimes in the same article), as well as even more coverage of community events.
Among some changes Jeff has brought to the paper has been the introduction of special inserts, including our introductory Spring Spectacular and Pilgrimage sections. Last week’s issue contained extensive coverage of Mt. Vernon Church’s Joy prom event. The response from our readers was overwhelming, and, in case you missed it, I invite you to come grab a complimentary copy at our office across the from Little Dooey on Highway 45 North.
In this week’s issue, you will find a guide to the Market Street Festival, with maps, features and schedules of everything going on with the festival. We believe that these sections will help the paper grow and will give us a larger forum to cover more stories in the community at large. If it’s important to you, then it’s important to us.
Over the next few weeks, we will have several more sections that will highlight our commitment to the community throughout the Golden Triangle. Our graduation section will feature the names and photographs of every graduate from Lowndes County schools and our Memorial Day section will be dedicated to all of those who have given their life for their country. Included in that section will be the names of every member of the US military who gave his or her life in combat during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Out of respect to these heroes no ads will appear on those pages.
The Packet has always been where you go when you want to find out what happened and how it impacted the community, because after all, it’s your community. And we will continue to improve and grow. We are proud to be your community newspaper.
Colin Krieger is the Publisher of The Columbus Packet. You can reach him at columbuspacket