Williams family helmed newspaper generations

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM.

Upon his death in 1992 in an automobile accident, the Times began the tradition of awarding Jack Davis Memorial Award to the outstanding boy and girl athletes of Holmes County each year, a tradition that still continues.

According to Pujol, the Times continued to gain popularity with readers and advertisers throughout the 1990s. It became the county’s first full-color newspaper as the decade ended and a new millennium dawned.

Pujol came to the News in 1974 after a stint as a reporter for the Panama City News-Herald and was named publisher in 1979. CNI was established in 1983.

 “We see this merger as an opportunity not only for our business, but also for all the communities which we serve throughout the two counties,” Pujol said in 2003. “We take seriously our responsibility to serve as a voice of the people, an example of professional journalism and a force for community service and development.”

Cameron Everett, a Holmes County native, was on hand for the transition to CNI in 2003, and he still works for the newspaper today as production supervisor.

“Cameron even worked part-time for the News while he was still attending Holmes County High School and also helped out at the Advertiser under Orren Smith at the time,” Pujol said.

In January 2007, Freedom Communications purchased the Washington County News and the Holmes County Times-Advertiser, along with the Crestview News Bulletin in Crestview and the Santa Rosa Press Gazette in Milton.
Nicole Barefield became the publisher of the Holmes and Washington County newspapers.

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