The CV names new publisher, editor

Lakeway Publishers Inc. has named Kelly Drumheller the next publisher of The Central Virginian.

Drumheller has been with the newspaper for nearly 20 years. She started her career at the newspaper as advertising director in 2000 and for the past nine years has been the accounting and circulation clerk.

She replaces Publisher Steve Weddle who will become the director of administration at the Virginia Press Association in Glen Allen on Aug. 5. 

Weddle arrived at The Central Virginian as its publisher in 2008 when Tennessee-based Lakeway Publishers Inc. purchased the newspaper from The CV Corporation. He was named vice president of the Virginia group of papers in 2013.

“I have been extremely fortunate to have worked with so many talented, committed people at these papers,” Weddle said. “I can say without reservation that I have never worked with anyone more dedicated to this paper and committed to this community than Kelly Drumheller. 

“I look forward to being able sit back each week, as a resident of Louisa County, and read The Central Virginian, knowing that the paper is in outstanding hands.”

In the editorial department, David Holtzman has been promoted to news editor with the departure of Deana Meredith, who will assume the role of communications manager at the Virginia Press Association on Aug. 5. 

Meredith initially joined the newspaper in 1997 and in 2008 left to become the Louisa County Chamber of Commerce’s first executive director. She returned to the paper as its editor in 2013.

“David’s passion and commitment to community journalism is strong and I’m confident that he will continue to do an exceptional job of shining a light on issues that are relevant to Louisa County residents,” Meredith said. “He has a firm grasp on the critical role a newspaper plays in the community it serves.”

Holtzman, who started with The Central Virginian  as a freelance writer, was hired as its associate editor about four years ago and he has primarily covered local government and public safety.

He previously worked for various newspapers and magazines including Shelterforce, a community development magazine in Montclair, New Jersey; and weekly papers in suburban Boston, Massachusetts. 

“It is a pleasure to be able to  have such capable people to continue the service of community journalism of The Central Virginian to Louisa and the surrounding area,” R. Jack Fishman, president of Lakeway Publishers, said. “Kelly’s experience in all areas of the news business is a real asset to the paper and Louisa, and David’s  commitment to providing news that effects all aspects of people’s lives is essential to continuing a quality local paper. 

“I would be remiss if I didn’t also congratulate and thank Steve and Deana and wish them well  in their new positions and thank them for their fine leadership and professionalism in our rapidly changing business,” Fishman said.

Lakeway Publishers Inc. owns newspapers and websites in Virginia, Missouri and Tennessee.