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Pickens County Herald announces staff changes

Horace Moore, co-owner of Midsouth Newspapers Inc., announced the retirement of Doug Sanders Jr. as Publisher and Editor of the Pickens County Herald this week. Bo Black will begin as the Managing Editor of the Herald, effective July 1. Ann Gates was also promoted to Business Office Manager.
Sanders has been in the newspaper business since 1979 when he first worked for the Pickens County Advertiser in Reform. He joined the Pickens County Herald staff in 1982 while it was still in Aliceville. After a nine-month hiatus in 1986, Sanders rejoined the paper when it moved to Carrollton in the fall of 1986.
“I would like to thank Doug and congratulate him on his retirement and wish him well,” Moore said. “Bo comes to the Pickens County Herald with a new vision for our paper. He will do a good job as managing editor. Bo was successful at our sister paper, The Times-Record, in Fayette. He brought our sports up to par as well as other good reporting.”
Moore continued, “Our goals are to upgrade the quality of news, enhance the look of the paper and increase the sports section, do a better job in advertising and market our products.”
Moore said, “I want to thank our loyal readers and advertisers for their support and look for your continuous support so we can keep publishing your hometown newspaper. The Pickens County Herald has been around a long time (since 1848). Things are changing in the newspaper market and we look forward to meeting those changes head on.”
Sanders said, “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time covering the people and events of Pickens County these past three-and-a-half decades. Pickens Countians are the best. I have met some of the kindest, honest, most civic-minded and dedicated people ever and I’d put them up against anybody in this state.”
Sanders continued, “It had always been my intention to retire by age 60 so I am leaving a little earlier than my original goal, but after the death of my wife, Teresa, I felt that now might be the best time.”
He thanked Moore and the Lake family for the opportunity they have extended to him and all those who took a chance on him in the past, especially Euteal Junkin, Joan Boothe Johnny Duren, Sheba Duren and David Poynor. He especially thanked Herald Office Manager Ann Gates, whom he called “my right arm through this whole experience and a very close and dear friend.”
And he fondly remembers the people he has worked with in the past who have gone on to other careers, including Kevin Strickland, Brian Hamilton, Jenny Humphryes Gaines, Matthew Satcher, Keith Huffman, Belinda Tilley, Hope Vaughn, Robbie Stewart, Brenda Craft, Laurie Newman, Donna Grayson, Sarah Yarbrough Bailey and many more.
“I know Bo will be a great editor at the Herald,” said Sanders. “He has already proven himself at The Times-Record and I look forward to seeing what he can bring to the Pickens County Herald in the future.”
“I will be around a little longer to help with this period of transition,” added Sanders.
Black comes to the Herald after working at The Times-Record in Fayette as the Associate Editor.
“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity presented to me here at the Pickens County Herald,” Black said. “I will work to the best of my ability  to provide quality news coverage of the Pickens County area. I want to do a good job regardless but being from here adds a little something to it.”
Black, a Reform native, graduated from Pickens Academy in 2008. He attended Shelton State Community College for two years before graduating from The University of Alabama in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. While attending Shelton State, Black began working for The Tuscaloosa News in the sports department, covering anything from high school sports to University of Alabama athletics. After three years at The Tuscaloosa News, Black began working at The Times-Record in March of 2013.

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