Schlichtmans announce move to Colorado
Long-time editor and co-publisher Lisa Schlichtman has announced she has accepted a position as editor of the Steamboat Pilot & Today in Steamboat Springs, Colo.
"Moving to Colorado has been a life-long dream for Mike and I," said Lisa. "When this opportunity opened up in Steamboat Springs, I decided to apply, and ultimately, was offered the position. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to continue my journalism career in Colorado at an excellent newspaper. The move also puts us closer to our sons, who are living in Denver, Colo., and Scottsdale, Ariz."
Lisa's last day at the Cassville Democrat and The Monett Times will be July 12. She will be moving immediately to Steamboat Springs. Mike will be commuting back and forth while he assists with the transition to new management at the newspapers. The Schlichtmans will continue to own and operate their Baywash car washes in Cassville.
"This was not an easy decision for us," said Lisa. "Cassville has been our home for the past 28 years. It's where we raised our family, and it will always hold a special place in our hearts. We have loved being such an integral part of the community through the newspapers, and we have confidence the business will continue to grow under new leadership."
The Schlichtmans purchased the Cassville Democrat in 1995. They owned and operated the weekly newspaper for 10 years before selling it to Rust Communications in 2005. Lisa continued as editor of the Cassville Democrat until 2009 when Rust purchased The Monett Times and Lisa took over as editor of the four-day-a-week daily. Last fall, the Schlichtmans were named co-publishers of both newspapers.
Lisa also launched the popular Connection magazine and has served as its editor since its inception.
"Mike and Lisa were excellent publishers and served their communities well," said Ron Kemp, regional vice president for Rust Communications. "I have really enjoyed working with them for the past several years and wish them well in their new endeavor.
"We currently are in the process of searching for a new publisher and will continue in our goal of providing the best newspapers possible for our advertisers and readers."
Mike's roots in Cassville extend back to childhood. He is a 1981 graduate of Cassville High School.
"I grew up in Cassville, and I don't feel like I could ever totally leave," said Mike. "Our plans are to maintain a presence with the Chamber and the community as we will continue to own and operate Baywash car washes here in town.
"Leaving the newspaper business is bittersweet for me, and those who know me will appreciate the fact that I am always looking for a different challenge. I love this town and the people in it. I plan on maintaining a small residence for my commutes back, while Lisa nurtures our new beginning in Steamboat."
An open house reception in Mike and Lisa Schlichtman's honor will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, July 12 at the Cassville Democrat office.