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Bud Hunt - Regional Director

About Bud Hunt:

Bud is publisher of the Gallipolis Daily Tribune and regional director for the company’s southern Ohio newspapers in Portsmouth, Georgetown, West Union, Ripley, and Pomeroy, as well as newspapers in West Virginia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Hunt has an extensive background in media, holding senior management positions in several organizations. Prior to joining Civitas Media, he was vice president of revenue at Rust Communications in Cape Girardeau, Mo. During his time with Rust, he also served as regional vice president, regional publisher and editor working with newspapers in southeast Missouri and west Tennessee.

He began his newspaper career with Park Communications, serving as advertising manager, editor and general manager of newspapers in Arkansas. He has won several awards for performance and editorial excellence during his career, as did newspapers under his guidance.

Hunt has a strong history of community involvement, including past chairman of the Board of Trustees for Twin Rivers Regional Medical Center, Kennett, Mo., past president Kennett, Mo., Chamber of Commerce, past board member Kennett United Way, and past chairman, Cherokee District, Greater St. Louis Area Council of Boy Scouts of America. He was also a member of the inaugural Missouri Seismic Safety Commission and was active in his local church, First United Methodist Church, Kennett, Mo.

During his newspaper career, Hunt served as a president of the Southeast Missouri Press Association and was a member of Inland Press Association’s inaugural Executive Program for Innovative Change (EPIC), a year-long study looking at innovation within the newspaper industry.

Hunt moved to Gallipolis in July 2014 to take on the role of regional sales director with Civitas Media. His wife, Lee, joined him in September. They have two children, Adam Nichols and his wife, Andrea, who live in St. Charles, Mo., and Haylee and Justin Owens, who live in Cape Girardeau. They have one granddaughter, Aubrey Nichols. They are members of Grace United Methodist Church in Gallipolis.

Beth Sergent - Editor Ohio Valley Publishing

About Beth Sergent:

Beth Sergent is a 13-year veteran of Ohio Valley Publishing, beginning her career as a staff writer at The Daily Sentinel in Pomeroy, Ohio, before being transferred to the Point Pleasant Register in Point Pleasant, W.Va., eventually becoming managing editor. In 2016, Sergent was promoted to editor of Ohio Valley Publishing which includes the Sentinel, Register, Gallipolis Daily Tribune and Sunday Times-Sentinel. Sergent graduated from Marshall University with a degree in English (writing intensive) and is a native of Point Pleasant, W.Va.

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Julia Schultz - Advertising Director

About Julia Schultz:

Julia was born in Point Pleasant, W.Va., but lived several years in Gallia County as a child. Her family eventually moved to Gallipolis Ferry, W.Va., where she graduated from Point Pleasant High School.

Upon graduation, she attended West Virginia University and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2005. After earning her degree, she moved to Texas for three years and worked in the food/sales industry. Shortly after returning to her home state of West Virginia, she began working for Civitas Media in August of 2011 as an advertising representative.

She enjoys participating in her local community and is active in the Point Pleasant Rotary, as well as volunteers for Contact Rape Crisis Center. In March 2014, she was promoted to business development manager. Her main focus is developing local businesses in Meigs, Gallia and Mason counties.

Please contact Julia to review any advertising in newspaper print, online or mobile apps.

Ashton McDermitt - Customer Service Representative

About Ashton McDermitt:

Ashton McDermitt is a customer sales and service representative at the Point Pleasant Register. After spending the majority of her childhood here, Ashton moved to Winchester KY in 2009 and after graduating high school spent her time in customer service, marketing, and IT while taking classes at BCTCS in Lexington.

Although she was born in Kentucky and has spent time in South Carolina, Michigan and Washington state, she has always considered Point Pleasant her home and returned in the summer of 2015.

Ashton is an outgoing people-person and will never leave an issue unresolved. At a previous position, her customer satisfaction ratings were 100 percent for the duration of her stay with the company and she still strives to ensure that everyone she assists leaves with a smile.

A self-described nerd, she spends her free time on history, politics, sewing, crochet, sci-fi and fantasy novels, video games, Dungeons & Dragons and, of course, cuddling her dog, Tiny and her cat, Tumbles.

Bryan Walters - Sports Editor

About Bryan Walters:

Bryan has been a sports writer since the 2000-01 school year, which included a three-year stint at the Jackson Times-Journal before joining the Ohio Valley Publishing staff in the fall of 2004.

He was named sports editor in April 2015.

A 1995 honors graduate of Jackson High School, Bryan has won several state awards for his journalistic efforts and also serves as a member of the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.

Bryan and his wife, Stacey, currently reside in Jackson, Ohio.

Alex Hawley - Sports Writer

About Alex Hawley:

Alex is a lifelong Meigs County resident and has worked in the Ohio Valley Publishing sports department since January 2012.

Paul Boggs - Sports Writer

About Paul Boggs:

Paul Boggs is a member of the Ohio Valley Publishing sports department, having joined in January 2016.

He has several years of sports journalism experience, following his graduation from Wellston High School in 1995 and Ohio University in 1999.

He was sports editor of The Jackson County Times-Journal in Jackson, Ohio,  from December 2004 to January 2016.

Previously, he was sports editor of The Athens Messenger in Athens, Ohio, from April 2001 thru December 2004. He was a sports writer with the Parkersburg  News and Sentinel in Parkersburg, W.Va., from January 2000 to March 2001.
He has spent several years covering both the Tri-Valley Conference and Southeastern Ohio Athletic League.
Paul is resident of Wellston and enjoys playing golf and harness horse racing in his spare time.