Our Staff


Meet the Staff:

BRENT MAZE, editor/publisher

Brent Maze is the editor and publisher. He oversees the entire operation of the newspaper. He is responsible for ensuring that the newspaper is profitable while also providing the best community news and most effective advertising option in our coverage area. He is a veteran journalist and has won many awards in both Mississippi and Alabama for writing and photography during his career. Brent is originally from Kimberly, Ala., and came to The Newton County Appeal in April 2015. He is the current president of the Newton Chamber of Commerce board of directors, president of the Newton Rotary Club and serves as vice president of the Friends of Central Mississippi Residential Center board of directors. He attends Decatur United Methodist Church.



Thomas Howard, managing editor

Thomas Howard is the managing editor of The Newton County Appeal. After earning degrees in journalism from Mississippi State University and the University of Alabama, he has worked at daily newspapers in both Mississippi and Alabama before joining The Appeal staff in 2018. Thomas has previously served as a guest lecturer for the Alabama Scholastic Press Association, treasurer of Mississippi State University's chapter of Lambda Pi Eta and was a volunteer for ElectionLand, a national effort to safeguard voting rights, during the 2016 presidential election.



Jenna Jones, advertising

Jenna Jones is a native of Union, Mississippi. She and her husband Dustin Jones have two children, ages 10 and 6. Jenna is an active member of First Baptist Church of Union, where she teaches Sunday school and helps with children’s choir. Jenna also serves as treasurer of the PTO for Union schools.




LAUREN SMITH, classifieds, legal and bookkeeping 

Lauren Smith is the bookkeeper. She oversees the classifieds and legal department and ensures keeps track of our accounting and bookkeeping. She also helps design advertisements for the Newton County Appeal.


MARTY MORGAN, production assistant


Marty Morgan is our production assistant. He helps build ads for clients, assists customers with subscriptions and performs many other duties. He is the husband of Dr. Andrea Morgan, and they couple resides with their two daughters in Newton. 

HENRY FINLEY, delivery/mailroom manager

Henry Finley is the mailroom manager and the delivery driver for The Appeal.


ROBBIE ROBERTSON, production assistant


Robbie Robertson is the sports editor for the Newton County Appeal. He is a veteran of the newspaper industry, having worked with numerous newspapers including the Meridian Star and the Newton Record.



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