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New faces at the South County Spotlight

Linda Jewell joins ad staff; Cecelia Haack takes over as Living editor
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Two Columbia County residents have joined the staff of the South County Spotlight.

Linda Jewell of Warren has accepted a position as an advertising sales representative, and Cecelia Haack of Scappoose is the newest member of the editorial department.

Jewell, 44, is an exuberant addition to the Spotlight. She moves quickly around the Spotlight office learning the ropes of newspaper advertising under advertising director Dallas Bentley's tutelage.

Jewell is an outgoing personality who has always worked with people. She's worked in the restaurant industry for nearly 30 years, most recently at the Warren Country Inn.

'I love working with people,' she said. 'I've never met a stranger.'

She grew up in southern California in Hemet where she graduated from high school, then studied communications, accounting and public relations at Glendale Community College, Mt. San Jacinto Community College and Golden West College.

Jewell lives in Warren with one of her three daughters. Shea is a sixth-grader at Otto Petersen, Kristina attends Portland Community College, and her middle daughter Danielle lives and works in Portland. Country life in Warren agrees with Jewell, who enjoys gardening and watching the wildlife on her family's five acres.

As an advertising rep at The Spotlight, Jewell said she looks forward to working with advertisers and becoming more actively involved in the community.

The other new face at the Spotlight, Cecelia Haack, is a lifelong resident of Scappoose. Haack, who lives in Scappoose with her husband, Wayne, said she is happy for the opportunity to work in her hometown doing what she enjoys most - writing, talking to people and telling stories.

At the Spotlight she will be in charge of the Living section and cover, among other things, the Scappoose City Council and Scappoose School Board.

Haack was just 6 years old when her mom and dad moved to Scappoose to buy the local grocery store, P and G Thriftway, which they operated until 1998 before selling out to what is now The Grocery Outlet.

After graduating from Scappoose High School in 1972, Haack attended Portland State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in communications and marketing and a master's degree in education. For the past six years she worked for the Oregon State University Cooperative Extension Service as a nutrition educator. In that position she taught low-income members of the community how to shop and cook on a budget. She also produced a monthly newsletter for low-income families that was distributed through a statewide network of food stamp offices.

'I love Scappoose,' Haack said. 'There is a lot of good stuff happening here, a lot of interesting people.'

Haack said she has seen a lot of changes in Scappoose, one of the largest of which was the expansion of Highway 30 to four lanes 12 years ago. That project led to the growth of a commuter population in south Columbia County.

'The key is to get those commuters invested in our community,' she said, noting that the newspaper can and should play an active role in that regard. She said in her new post she hopes to 'bring a strong community voice to the paper.

In her free time Haack enjoys gardening, cooking, reading and 'laughing a lot.' She also writes screenplays and has twice been a finalist at the Austin Film Festival.