'Columbia County News-Times' publisher leaving

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 8:08 PM
Last updated Thursday, May 30, 2013 10:21 AM
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Barry Paschal, the longtime publisher of The Columbia County News-Times, is leaving the newspaper to take a position with Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA.

Paschal, who has worked at the twice-weekly publication for 16 years, is taking a position as the senior director of marketing and communications for Goodwill.

The News-Times is owned by Morris Communications Co., the parent company of The Augusta Chronicle.

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Barry Paschal 05/28/13 - 10:05 pm
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Middle Georgia

It's Goodwill Industries of Middle Georgia and the CSRA. :) But thanks for the mention.

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mycomments 05/29/13 - 12:23 am
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Barry, from your 12:03

Barry, from your 12:03 opinion piece for the NewsTimes tomorrow-"In this case, though, I am serious. In the next few weeks, depending on the transition, I’ll be retiring from the news business and starting a second career in non-profits - specifically, with Goodwill Industries of Central Georgia and the CSRA."

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mycomments 05/29/13 - 12:25 am
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Going to miss you though...

Leaving a big hole to fill, will miss your tweets from the School Board and CC Commission meetings! Best wishes on your new endeavor, you deserve it!

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Riverman1 05/29/13 - 07:38 am
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Good Will Hunting

Correct me if I'm wrong, but Barry has also been involved with the Morris newspapers longer than 16 years. He used to work with the Chronicle editorials and before that he was Car 54 for the radio station. I rememeber his CCNT editorial when Mr. Morris bought the Columbia County paper telling us he would remain as publisher and be as independent as he had always been. He certainly kept that promise over the years.

Barry was always accessible to friend and foe. On the old Chronicle forums he was a fixture discussing the latest happenings. We didn't always agree, but debating with him taught me a lot and was, to be honest, fun.

Speaking of his involvement with charities, I first met him when I went out of my way to drop a couple of bucks in the till as he rang the bell for the Salvation Army outside of Walmart. If he could get me to give something by his mere presence, cautious as I am about donating (okay, cheap), he will be able to work wonders with Goodwill.

I always read his editorials and one he wrote a couple of weeks past caught my eye because he hinted at leaving. I suspect he will be putting in a few extra miles, running a litte faster, over the next week or so on a beautiful trail until the pleasant fatigue gives way to the rhythm of his steps and the anticipation of the next bend.

A line from Good Will Hunting says, "And why did you sneak around at night and finish other people's formulas that only one or two people in the world could do..." I expect to see the results of Barry's problem solving in the future even if he is not a paid professor.

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Barry Paschal 05/29/13 - 07:56 am
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You are all very kind

Especially, you, Riverman. And thank you, mycomments. I've gone over to the News-Times site and fixed my own error. Boy, THAT was boneheaded on my part!

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Austin Rhodes 05/29/13 - 08:11 am
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Car 54 was Toody and Muldoon...

...pretty sure Barry was Mobile 4.

I wonder if Rob Pavey would be up for the task of becoming the next Chief cook and bottle washer over there? Rob loves his environmental/outdoors beat...but he may be the only man on the planet who could move into that role and not be a mere shadow of his predecessor.

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recoveringaddict 05/29/13 - 11:20 am
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Greatest of blessings

God bless you in your new endeavor Barry. I will certainly miss your articles in CCNT. No doubt that you will be a great asset to Goodwill. And, speaking of the WBBQ news cars; riding around with my father, Birnie Florie in car 3 was some of the best times of my childhood.

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