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Bud Hunt - Regional VP / Group Publisher

About Bud Hunt:

Bud is a Regional Vice President and Group Publisher for AIM Media Midwest. Locally, his publications include the Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Point Pleasant Register and The Daily Sentinel.

Hunt has an extensive background in media, holding senior management positions in several organizations. Prior to joining AIM Media Midwest, 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 and wife Lee 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.

Beth Sergent - Editor Ohio Valley Publishing

About Beth Sergent:

Beth Sergent is a 14-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 Ohio Valley Publishing 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.

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.