New publishers have been named to guide the Cassville Democrat, Connection magazine and The Monett Times. Mike and Lisa Schlichtman will now serve as co-publishers of all three publications.
The Schlichtmans are former owners of the Cassville Democrat. The couple owned and operated the Cassville Democrat from 1995 until 2005 when they sold the property to Rust Communications, based in Cape Girardeau. The Schlichtmans retain a minority ownership in the properties.
"We are very pleased to promote Mike and Lisa to the position of co-publishers," said Ron Kemp, regional vice president for Rust Communications. "We know they have a tremendous commitment to quality products and to excellent service to our readers and customers.
"We are excited about the future of the newspapers in Barry County, as well as the continued development of our new products such as Connection magazine," added Kemp.
Lindsay Reed remains editor of the Cassville Democrat, a position she has held for the past four years. Jared Lankford was recently named as Cassville Democrat sports editor.
In addition to the naming of new publishers, it has been announced that Robyn Blankenship has been promoted to the position of advertising director. In that role, Blankenship will direct the newspaper and magazine sales team, which includes Marion Chrysler, Cassie Brewer and Sheila Harris.
Lisa Schlichtman will remain editor of Connection magazine, and she will be responsible for the expansion of a quarterly Ozark Outdoors magazine to serve southwest Missouri and northwest Arkansas. She has also been tasked with supervising a new composition center, based in Monett, that will oversee the design of magazines and special publications published in southwest Missouri and Arkansas.
"We are excited about this new opportunity," said Lisa. "We have assembled a very talented design team, and we are excited to grow our existing publications and launch new products to meet the needs of our advertisers and readers."
Design team members include Veronica Zucca and Christopher Vore, based in Monett, and Melody Rust, based in Eureka Springs, Ark. Zucca is the long-time art director for the popular Connection magazine.