Tim Preston

Tim Preston, an experienced community newspaper professional, has been appointed editor of the Grayson Journal-Enquirer and Olive Hill Times.

He has been a columnist and staff writer at the Ashland Daily Independent since September 2007 and has more than 25 years of experience at daily and weekly newspapers.

“We are very pleased to have Tim on board as our editor in Carter County,” said Keith Kappes, publisher of both newspapers. “He is no stranger to the area, having worked many assignments here for The Daily Independent.”

An avid photographer, Preston is a Johnson County native who worked for newspapers in Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Martin and Magoffin counties.

While a reporter and photographer for the Floyd County Times, Preston received the first of many press awards that led to positions in North Carolina.

He also has been recognized by small business organizations, civic and advocacy groups for his efforts on behalf of entrepreneurs, agriculture, women and minorities.

Preston is a musician who plays harmonica and guitar, often appearing as a guest artist with local bands and solo musicians.

He and his wife, Alys, have been regular visitors to Carter County for canoe trips on the Little Sandy River, Tygart’s Creek and Grayson Lake.

“I’m incredibly happy about this opportunity to be a part of Carter County because it is a place I’ve truly loved for a long time,” Preston said, adding he also has long held tremendous respect for the level of musicianship he’s witnessed form locally-born artists.

“Grayson and Olive Hill face distinctly-individual challenges and great opportunities in the days ahead,” he said. “My goal is to keep Carter County’s hometown newspapers at the heart of that while also providing useful information and entertaining stories about the people and events around us.”

Preston, who will be based in Grayson, can be reached at tpreston@journal-times.com or by telephone, starting Friday, at 474-5101.

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