Janie Flynn, general manager of Areawide Media, has announced the promotion of Erma Harris as managing editor and Jessica Goff as news editor.
Harris has worked with Areawide part time for several years and full time as the news editor for the past year. She has been in the newspaper business for over 30 years and has experience in just about every area of a newspaper.
She began working at the West Plains Daily Quill in 1975. From there she has worked for the Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Areawide Media in the '80s, Batesville Daily Guard and the Easy Living News - a newspaper owned by Harris and her husband, Tom.
The Harrises live at Glencoe and have three married sons and three grandchildren.
Goff began working at Areawide Media in 2005 in the composition department. She has also served as Areawide's Web master, a position she will continue along with her new duties as news editor.
Goff graduated from Sulphur Rock High School and earned a bachelor's of art degree in graphic art from College of the Ozarks in Branson, Mo.
She worked four years in the campus print shop at the college.
She is married to Dusty Goff and they live near Sidney. Her husband is co-owner of Double G Construction of Mount Pleasant.
Goff is the daughter of Randall and Roxanne Coe of Batesville and the daughter-in-law of Barry and Joyce Goff of Sidney.
"I have worked with Goff since she came to work at Areawide and have been impressed with her talent and work ethic," Harris said. "The news editor's position is different from what she has done in the past but I'm sure she will excel in this position also."
Harris said that readers will notice some cosmetic changes in the papers in the coming weeks.
"Our goal is to make the Villager Journal, The News and The South Missourian News even better than they are now," Harris said. "We plan to focus on our communities even more and give our readers first-rate hometown newspapers."
"We won't do everything right," Harris said. "But we will do our best each week to give our readers complete and accurate news coverage."
Both Harris and Goff assumed their new position Feb. 1.