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New publisher named at Molalla, Canby newspapers

by: PEGGY SAVAGE - Georgia NewtonGeorgia Newton, who has been sales manager for the Molalla Pioneer since May, was last week named publisher of the Molalla Pioneer and Canby Herald, effective Aug. 1.

The announcement was made Thursday by Mark Garber, president of Pamplin's newspaper division, during a joint staff meeting of the two newspapers.

“I am extremely thankful for this opportunity to be publisher in both these amazing communities,” Newton said Friday.

Current publisher Bill Cassel retires July 31 after 23 years in that position.

As publisher, Newton will continue to work with Molalla-area businesses, assisting them with their advertising and promotions, sharing her time between the two newspaper offices.

Newton was publisher of the Lincoln City News Guard between 2006 and 20012.

Her career experience has been in advertising, marketing and promotions, primarily working with small retail and service businesses.

In her teens, Newton started working in retail in a small town in Southeastern Idaho. After moving her family to the Portland area, she worked in sales for the Columbian newspaper in Vancouver, Washington.

After the Columbian, she was the advertising director for a national furniture company, GranTree Furniture.

Moving to Canby 30 years ago, she worked with her husband in the family business, Gene’s Home Electronics, for 14 years.

After spending six years in sales at the Canby Herald, Newton moved to Lincoln City, where she was publisher of the Lincoln City News Guard.

Over the years, she was actively involved in the chamber of commerce in Lincoln City and Canby and served on various committees and boards in Canby, including the Canby Utility Board and city council.

Now as publisher of the two sister papers, Newton wants to continue offering comprehensive local news to Molalla and Canby with papers that also do their best to support and be involved in the communities they serve.

“I strongly believe that community newspapers are the most important news source for the community,” Newton said. “National and state news are so far out of our control, but local newspapers can really help things happen in our communities.”

Newton says she stands behind this quote from the National Newspaper Association: “Newspaper-generated content is so valuable, it’s taken and repeated, condensed, broadcast, tweeted, discussed, posted, copied, edited and emailed countless times throughout the day by others.”