Jason B. Smith, publisher of The McDuffie Mirror for nearly four years, bid farewell to the job last Friday.
A farewell reception was held in Mr. Smith's honor at the Thomson Depot, as family, friends, company officials and community leaders saluted his years of service to the newspaper profession.
"Jason has taken The McDuffie Mirror to the premier level," said Don Bailey, president of The Augusta Chronicle . "Jason, thank you so much. You've made The Mirror what it is today."
Mr. Bailey said Mr. Smith had been a visionary publisher of the weekly community newspaper, which is owned by Morris Communications Corp., along with the daily The Augusta Chronicle .
"Jason has put us in a very good place with The Mirror ," said Mr. Bailey.
Mr. Smith, who became vice president of communications for the Joseph M. Still Burn Centers Inc., headquartered in Augusta, thanked those who attended the farewell reception.
In his closing statement, Mr. Smith said he wanted everyone to know that he was just a phone call away. Mr. Smith and his wife, Miriam, executive director of Partners for Success in Thomson, will continue to live in McDuffie County.
Thomson Mayor Kenneth Usry praised the work of Mr. Smith.
"I've known you and your parents for a long time," Mayor Usry said. "You have surrounded yourself with a lot of good people. Y'all have done an excellent job. ... As you turn over the page in the book of life, we wish you well, Jason."
McDuffie County Commission Chairman Charlie Newton also commended Mr. Smith
"You've always been fair," Mr. Newton said. "Thank you for putting out a wonderful newspaper."