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Mirror names new publisher

Todd Rainwater has been named publisher of The McDuffie Mirror.

Don Bailey, president of The Augusta Chronicle, announced the Mr. Rainwater's acceptance of the appointment Thursday afternoon. Mr. Rainwater succeeds Jason Smith, who left July 31 to accept a position with Joseph M. Still Burn Centers.

Mr. Rainwater, a former publisher of The McDuffie Progress, until recently served as publisher and advertising manager of the Easley Progress, Powdersville Post and Pickens Sentinel newspapers in Easley, S.C. He will begin his duties at the Mirror Monday.

"We're very happy to be bringing Todd back to Thomson," said Mr. Bailey. "We're extremely fortunate to find someone with his experience in the newspaper business and knowledge of the McDuffie County community to take The McDuffie Mirror forward."

"I'm glad to be coming back home," said Mr. Rainwater, who expects to live in temporary housing in Thomson until he can relocate his family to a permanent home.

Mr. Rainwater previously served as advertising representative and circulation manager of the McDuffie Progress from 1989-1991, and returned from 1996-99 as publisher of that paper before relocating to Virginia.

"This will be our third time living in McDuffie County in the past 22 years, so my family and I feel like we're coming home," Mr. Rainwater said. "The community has always accepted us, and my family members say they have never seen us happier than when we lived there. We are looking forward to renewing old friendships, creating new ones and continuing the accomplishments of Jason Smith and the Mirror staff."

Mr. Rainwater and his wife of 22 years, Anita, are natives of Hopewell, Va. They have one son, David, 20, who was born in Augusta.

The weekly McDuffie Mirror is owned by Morris Publishing Group LLC, which also publishes The Augusta Chronicle. The Mirror is the legal organ of McDuffie County and the cities of Thomson and Dearing.

Web posted on Thursday, August 20, 2009

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