By Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) - The editor and publisher of The Daily Home newspaper of Talladega, Ed Fowler, is retiring after more than 20 years with parent company Consolidated Publishing, which announced the changes.

Robert Jackson will take over as publisher. He has been vice president of sales and operations for Consolidated, which owns The Daily Home, The St. Clair Times, the Anniston Star and several other weekly papers in northeast Alabama.

The Daily Home ( reported Fowler retired effective Saturday. Jackson, who has been with the company since 2003, will now be in charge of business operations of The Daily Home and The St. Clair Times as publisher.

The company is still looking for an editor for the Talladega paper. St. Clair Times editor Will Heath will continue to oversee day-to-day news operations for the weekly paper.

Fowler has been with Consolidated Publishing for more than 20 years, and chairman H. Brandt Ayers said the entire staff will miss him.

“He was a good newspaperman and good company - with 101 stories collected from a varied career,” Ayers said in a statement. “He was multi-talented; he could make a budget, set up a press and write an editorial. All those assets in one journalist are rare.”

Bob Davis, editor and associate publisher of The Star, will oversee newsgathering and opinion operations at Talladega. Davis will keep his duties with the Anniston paper and will add the title of Consolidated Publishing’s vice president for news.

Jackson and Davis will remain at Consolidated offices in Anniston. The day-to-day business operations for The Daily Home will be handled by business manager Barbara Wilson, who becomes associate publisher.

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