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November 2017

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NOVEMBER 2017 • INLANDPRESS.ORG • THE INLANDER PAGE 3 the sale of those properties to Kevin Aylmer, president of Lowcountry Local Media. Aylmer is a Bluffton resident who has spent his career in the newspaper and digital publishing field, holding publisher and senior management positions in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Illinois. He was formerly CEO of Trinity Holdings, Inc., and has spent the last 15 years working with print media to bring digital media products to markets across the United States. Frazier, who was represented in the sale by David Slavin, senior associate of W.B. Grimes and Co., has owned the papers since 2006. "Although I thoroughly enjoy my work in our communities, and with all of my associates and clients, after 50 years in the business it is time for me to slow down a bit," he said. "I am fortunate to have found Kevin, such an experi- enced local individual, to continue growing the company into the future. I look forward to working with him as we move ahead in the vibrant communities of Bluffton, Hilton Head and beyond." Frazier will remain with the company as sales director. "I am pleased for the opportunity to uphold the tradition of providing local news and information that has been the cornerstone of these fine publi- cations," said Aylmer, who has lived in Bluffton for seven years with his wife, Megan. "I look forward to working with B.J. and the staff to help ensure that residents of the Bluffton and Hilton Head area continue to receive timely information about our communities, our advertisers, and our residents." OKLAHOMA, CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS PAGE OBITUARY VERLE BURGASON, FORMER CO-OWNER AND CO-PUBLISHER OF AMES TRIBUNE, RECALLED AS COMMUNITY "TITAN" Verle Burgason, who began work at the Ames Tribune (Iowa) as an ad salesman and rose to b e c o m e p a r t - o w n e r a n d co-publisher of the paper, died Sept. 29 at age 88. A 1951 graduate of Drake University, Burgason started work at the Tribune in 1953 as an adver tising salesman. After serving as advertising director, he became a part-owner in 1957 and later a co-publisher. After he and his partners sold the paper in 1986, Burgason remained with the company as a senior publisher and advisor, maintaining an of f ice there until 2011. The newspaper's conference room was named for him in 2012. A Tribune obituary by Editor Michael Crumb said Burgason "is considered one of the most important figures in the newspaper's nearly 150-year history." Cur rent Ames Tribune Publisher Scott Anderson said Burgason's legacy is still felt at the newspaper today. "Verle Burgason was a major driving force into making the Tribune what it is today," Anderson said in the obituary. "His legacy will forever live on. On behalf of all employees of the Ames Tribune, thank you, Verle, for setting us on a course of integrity and for your role in creating our foundation. We will forever work to honor the great legacy you left behind." Gary Gerlach, who along with Michael Gartner purchased the Tribune from Burgason and his partners, said Burgason's death is a "substantial loss" to Ames. Dan Culhane, the president and CEO of the Ames Chamber of Commerce, called Burgason a "titan" in the Ames community. "I admired the work he did and the legacy he left behind," Culhane said. COMINGS AND GOINGS STILLWATER PUBLISHER BRENDEL TO ALSO OVERSEE MUSKOGEE PHOENIX AND TAHLEQUAH DAILY PRESS Dale Brendel, publisher of the Stillwater News Press, recently was appointed by Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., to also serve as publisher of the Muskogee Phoenix and the Tahlequah Daily Press (Oklahoma). He will oversee operations of the three dailies, including their news and advertising content in print and online. "We're excited to have Dale's de pth of newspaper expe- rience expanded to Muskogee and Tahlequah," said Mike Beatty, CNHI's group publisher. "He has a rich background of success in the community news- paper field." Brendel, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism, joined the Still- water News Press four years ago as general manager and editor. He was promoted to publisher a year later. He has more than 25 years of experience in the multimedia news business in Missouri and Oklahoma as a reporter, editor and operations executive. Under Brendel's leadership, The News Press has won several coveted awards, including consecutive Sequoyah Awards from the Oklahoma Press Association as the top news- paper in its circulation category. It was also twice honored with the General Excellence Award by the Oklahoma Associated Press, and earned the national Society of Professional Journalist's Sigma Delta Chi breaking news photography award in 2015. "It is important that local newspapers engage the community in order to inform them to the best of our ability," said Brendel. 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