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Our Staff

DON SWARTZ, Publisher

Don Swartz has more than 30 years in the newspaper industry. He began his career in 1981 selling advertising in Tampa, Fla. Over the next 16 years he worked for newspapers in Palatka and St. Augustine, Fla.; Corinth, Meridan and Starksville, Miss; Florence, Ala.; and Sevierville, Tenn.

In 1997, he moved back to Corinth, Miss., as the Publisher. His next move was to Indiana where he was Publisher for the Peru and Wabash newspapers.

In late 2001, Don moved to Florence as a Partner and Publisher of The News Journal, The Darco News & Buyers Guide in Hartsville, and The Marion County News Journal in Marion and Mullins. On July 1, 2006, these properties became the publications of Swartz Media.

His newspaper career includes the following employers: • Sun Publications • Morris Newspapers • New York Times • Hollinger Newspapers • Worrell Newspapers • Paxton Newspapers •Morris Multi Media

Don is married to Cathy Swartz and they have two daughters, Cassie and Lara. They presently live in Florence where they are members of Central United Methodist Church.

 


PHILIP JAMES MAENZA III, Editor

Philip is the editor of The News Journal. He oversees the editorial content of the paper, writing and editing articles, as well as the overall laying out of the paper. Philip attended Houghton College, in Western New York, where he received a B.S. in Communication. Philip grew up in Pennsylvania, but is now enjoying his new home in Florence. 

Philip can be reached at 843.667.9656 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


BETH STREETT, Production Manager

Beth has been a member of The News Journal staff since moving to Florence in 1986. She started as a typesetter and part-time bookkeeper.

Currently, she serves as the production manager, responsible for the overall layout of The News Journal and its sister publications - the Hartsville News Journal and the Marion County News Journal.

Married to Leon, she is the mother of Justin and Jenna.

Beth may be reached at 843.667.9656 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


CATHERINE MORENO, Bookkeeper

Catherine has been with The News Journal for 5 years. She currently serves as our bookkeeper.

She has 7 fur babies.

Catherine may be reached at 843-667-9656 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


KADEE HODGE, Web Manager

Kadee has been employed with The News Journal for 2 years. She also hanldes our classifieds, legals, and inserts. 

Kadee resides in Darlington with her boyfirend 2 kids Jayden & Annaleigh, Step-daughter Alexis & Harley (family dog).

Kadee may be reached at 843-667-9615 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


WILLIAM M. MINGUS III, Advertising Consultant 

William, also known as Trey, is the newest member of The News Journal team. He is the advertising consultant for The News Journal and its sister publication, the Marion County News Journal.  He attended Auburn University and earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Marking and Advertising with a minor in psychology. 

William may be reached at 843.667.9656 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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