After a 10-month break, there is Snow in the Courier-Times office.
Kelly Snow is the paper’s new editor and publisher, marking the Person County native’s third stint with the paper and first in that role.
He had previously been the paper’s sports editor from 2003-07 and 2012-19.
Since his last stint, Snow operated his own small business – Person County Sports Now.
After the Courier-Times’ editor/publisher position was vacated last week, Snow was offered and accepted the job.
“It was a sense of responsibility,” he said. “I felt a real sense of responsibility to help this community through a pretty tough time and I felt that what this paper needed right now, and to a sense what this community needed, was someone who knows Person County to lead the Courier-Times. If nothing else, I’m a guy who grew up here and understands the values and what matters to our community.”
Snow said becoming the paper’s publisher was always a goal of his, but he didn’t think it would ever happen.
“It never seemed attainable simply because the Claytons owned it and there was always going to be a Clayton that was in charge and that was perfectly fine for me,” Snow said. “I have so much admiration for the Clayton family – these are people who made the paper what it is. They set the values. Neal Rattican. Tim Chandler. These are people who led this paper for so many years. To think that I’m the publisher and I’ve got that job doesn’t seem real and I’m not worthy of it – that much I know.”
Snow said the circumstances of his arrival broke his heart, but he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
While running Person County Sports Now, Snow said he learned lessons that will serve him well in his new role.
“One of the things that I learned right quick is that just because you don’t have a boss, doesn’t mean you don’t have a boss,” he said. “The absolute best way to do the business is to treat everybody with the utmost respect and that is certainly going to be my goal here – to really listen to everybody. I did learn how to support my own business and the challenges and the sleepless nights and the sense of pride that comes with being able to look at a finished product and know that this is mine.”
There were other business lessons as well.
“There’s no way that I would feel prepared to take this job if I had not had Person County Sports Now behind me because I did learn how to manage a budget,” he said. “These things that you don’t think about that are exceedingly important.”
Snow said his first goal is to highlight the good things that are happening in the community.
“My goal for the Courier-Times is that we are going to catch Person County people doing good,” he said. “Right now, that is the absolute, number one priority. We will catch Person County people doing good. We’re going to brag on them. We’re going to tell their stories. We’re going to tell really good news stories. We’re going to get our facts straight. We are going to be a voice in this community for good. It is my job to direct traffic, but under no circumstances is this my newspaper. This is Person County’s and it has been since 1881. I’m just going to do everything I can to help us grow, get better and be community centric no matter what.”