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Ex-Beckley Newspapers chief to head Agriculture communications

By Staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The former executive editor and general manager of Beckley Newspapers will be the next communications director for the state Department of Agriculture.

Carl J. "Butch" Antolini will join the department July 22, spokesman Buddy Davidson confirmed Tuesday.

Antolini's salary has not been finalized, Davidson said. He will report to Agriculture Commissioner Walt Helmick.

Antolini announced Friday that he would leave the Beckley Register-Herald on July 19 to "pursue other interests."

Antolini had been executive editor since 2005, and in 2009, added the title of general manager. He previously worked for the Morgantown Dominion-Post and Cumberland (Md.) Times-News.


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