Derek Price will join The Cullman Times staff as managing editor July 9, Times publisher Bill Morgan has announced.

Price has edited several award-winning papers in Texas and has worked in the newspaper business since he was 14. He is currently editor of the Times’ sister newspaper in Greenville, Texas.

“I think our readers will be pleasantly surprised at the differences Derek makes as we go through the next several years,” Morgan said. “More importantly, our customers, readers and folks in the community will find Derek to be easy to talk to and someone they can get in contact with.”

Price said he and his wife, Beverly, liked what they saw on a recent visit to Cullman.

“I’m really excited about moving to Cullman,” Price said. “It looks like the perfect place to raise a family — great schools, friendly people, nice parks and a lot of neat, well-kept neighborhoods. I look forward to getting involved in the community and getting to know the people in Cullman.”

Price grew up in Kilgore, Texas, and began his journalism career as a 14-year-old with the Kilgore News Herald’s sports department. He has worked as a news reporter, sports editor, photographer, page designer and managing editor at newspapers in Texas and Arkansas. Most recently, he led the Greenville Herald-Banner to win the “Best Newspaper” award from the Texas Association Press Managing Editors.

“I’ve worked with Derek in the past, and I know what he’s capable of doing for us,” Morgan said. “We’re expecting some great things to happen with Derek on board.”

Former Times Managing Editor Brian Lacy is joining the staff at Cullman Electric Cooperative as communications coordinator.

“I’ve enjoyed my time at The Cullman Times and I appreciate the opportunity I was given,” Lacy said. “Although my wife and I aren’t from here, we like Cullman, and we’re excited about staying here.”

Morgan said The Times staff is sorry to see Lacy leave, but is pleased for him and certain he will be successful in his new career.

“We certainly appreciate all the hard work and effort Brian has demonstrated during his stay at The Cullman Times,” he said. “He played a key role for us during a transitional time.”

If Price’s future neighbors see him driving a new vehicle every week, it’s nothing unusual, Price said. That’s because he test-drives a new car each week for Cargazing — his self-syndicated automotive review column that appears in newspapers and Web sites across the country.

“Sometimes it raises eyebrows when people see what’s parked in my driveway each week, but I promise I’m not a drug dealer,” he said.

Price and his wife have a four-year-old daughter, Miranda, and a 20-month-old son, William.

“The Cullman Times has a long, rich history, and I can tell the people of Cullman take a lot of pride in their local paper,” Price said. “Practically every house has one of those blue mailboxes with ‘Cullman Times’ printed on the side. I’ve always thought that a newspaper truly belongs to its readers, and I can’t wait to help give the Times’ readers more of what they want in their newspaper.”

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