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Newspaper veteran named editor of 'Mirror'

McDuffie Mirror publisher Todd Rainwater said changes are in motion in the newspaper's advertising and news operations.

Garth Snow has been appointed editor, reporter Lynn Davidson has accepted a reporting position at The Augusta Chronicle, and Cheryl Williams has joined the Mirror staff as an advertising representative.

Mr. Snow has been with the copy desk at The Augusta Chronicle since September 2009. He will begin his new position Monday.

"I am excited about this chance to work closely with a community," Mr. Snow said. "My background in community journalism is the well of recent and pleasant memories. I hope to build on those experiences with The Mirror. "

Ms. Davidson has been a reporter with The Mirror since 2005, writing about education, lifestyles, entertainment, senior citizens activities and other community topics. At The Chronicle, she will be a zone reporter, including work with Richmond County Neighbors.

She said she is excited to grow in her profession with the Augusta newspaper, but is sad at leaving The Mirror. "I've just formed a bond with everybody," she said.

"Lynn has been an integral part of The Mirror and she will be missed by all of us. At the same time, she is very deserving of this promotion and we wish her well," said publisher Todd Rainwater.

Mrs. Williams has been with the Thomson newspaper's staff about two weeks, and said she enjoys interacting with the community.

She worked with special-needs students for three years, and said students still call her to tell her of their achievements. Prior to that position, Mrs. Williams was involved in real estate appraisal for 15 years.

"A lifelong resident of McDuffie County, Cheryl knows a lot of people and I feel our customers will enjoy working with her," said Rainwater.

Billie Hobbs will continue as a reporter and sports writer, as he and Mr. Snow work to reflect the images of McDuffie County.

Janet Wells will continue in her role as Office Manager.

Snow, a native of Rensselaer in northwest Indiana, has been active in newspapers since 1971. The former editor of his hometown daily, the Rensselaer Republican, he also served as news editor of  the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune, a daily newspaper now affiliated with the Chicago Sun-Times

"I will always remember working with the Sun-Times to launch the Red Streak  edition for younger audiences, and seeing my headlines on Chicago news racks," Snow said. "I also guard memories of my season as editor of the weekly Morocco Courier, which allowed me to know merchants and other news sources on a more personal level. I look forward to that same community involvement in Thomson."

"Each community is the sum of all its members, and each resident has many stories and goals to share," Snow said. "To explore even a fraction of that potential will be a satisfying challenge."

Snow is the father of five adult children, who live in Martinez, Saluda, S.C., and Indiana.

"I have worked on several desks, and I continue to be impressed by the level of editing and the quality of headlines in The Chronicle, " Snow said. "I hope to draw from that experience  in this position."

"We're fortunate to get someone with Garth's experience. I look forward to working with him to bring McDuffie County the best news coverage possible," said Rainwater.

Web posted on Thursday, November 25, 2010

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