Publisher Brian Whitmore: Allow me to introduce myself
By Brian Whitmore
“Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
- Proverbs 3:6
We’ve had a few leadership changes at The Chronicle since Larry Franklin retired last year. He’s a hard act to follow.
But here I am, the new publisher of The Chronicle, trying to fill the shoes of someone I consider a mentor.
I’m not really new, serving as graphic designer since November 2016 and doing page layout since June 2017. Larry has trained me on every job I do at the paper and is helping me transition into this new role.
Again, I’m not really new. I’ve worked at newspapers for 22 years. I’ve lived in Laurens County for 12 years, but most of my journalism career was spent in Union County.
With Anna Brown and Graham Williams, I helped found the Union County News and in seven years did about every job you can do at a newspaper.
For 15 years, I served as sports editor for Union County, so I know Clinton’s rival well. (A Woodruff graduate, I’ve also seen the Red Devils and the Wolverines do battle.)
For 18 years, I spent more time in Union County than at home in Laurens County. My mother allowed my family to build a home on land where she was raised in Laurens County. To some it’s just dirt. To me it’s more.
I always wanted to be closer to home and Hwy. 49 is quite a few country miles, but the opportunity didn’t happen until Larry hired a writer to become a graphic designer. The graphic designer took on more responsibility with layout and now is a publisher.
I worked hard and people took notice. That says a lot about our owner David Smith and Smith Newspapers.
It’s a blessing and honor to be named publisher and follow in the footsteps of Franklin and Donny Wilder. I’m going to make the most of this opportunity. My task is to make sure The Clinton Chronicle remains your hometown news source.
We’re not reinventing the wheel here. We just want to give the reader the best product possible and the advertiser a vehicle to drive sales. In an age of “fake news,” we are your trusted hometown news source.
Nobody covers the news better or fairer than Vic MacDonald and we have the best staff around. I’d put them up against anyone, anywhere.
Who is this guy?
An introductory column, here is a little more about me.
I grew up in Enoree, the son of Harvey and Nellie Ann Whitmore. My father passed away in 2008 after a major stroke. My mother has dementia. But they are with me, every step of the way.
Jesus Christ became my Lord and Savior in 2003. I’ve served churches in Enoree, Laurens and Simpsonville, primarily in the areas of evangelism and youth. Since become a youth director, I’ve had the opportunity to preach some.
Jesus has my life. I can’t separate anything I do in life from my relationship with Him.
In 2005, Jane and I were married. We struggled with infertility for 7 years, but God made a way and Lydia Ann completed our family in 2012.
After God comes my family, then everything else. When I’m with my wife and daughter, I’m about as close to God as I can get on this side of eternity.
In future columns, you’ll learn more about me. For now, I’ll use my dad’s best advice: “Son, don’t sell yourself short. You are not better than anybody, but you are as good as anybody. You put your pants on one leg at a time, like anyone else.”
Love Jesus with all your heart and your neighbor, which is everybody, then add in the golden rule and you’ve got all you need to be successful in life.
Enough about me, I look forward to meeting and learning about you.
Brian Whitmore is publisher of The Chronicle. His email address is email@example.com