Meet the Staff:
AMANDA SEXTON FERGUSON, editor/publisher
Amanda began her newspaper career writing a horoscope column for her high school newspaper, The Immaculata. Years later, she became editor of her hometown newspaper, The Southaven Press, in 1999, where she gave up fortune telling for hard news. Eventually, Amanda ventured into non-profit public relations, directing communications for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of the Mid-South in Memphis, Tenn., for several years. With ink in her blood, Amanda returned to the newspaper field – becoming the editor and publisher of Montgomery Publishing and relocating to Winona in 2007. Amanda manages every aspect of the newspaper office, as well as reporting the news and selling advertising. Amanda and her husband, Keith, live in Carrollton with their son, Dean; two dogs, Skipper and Don Juan; and cat, Deadline.
TISH BUTTS, news and sports writer
Tish covers news and sports for Montgomery Publishing. A native of Kilmichael, she returned to the area from Hattiesburg, where she taught Media Writing at The University of Southern Mississippi. She also wrote stories for one of the school’s publications, MCJ Journal.
Prior to her position at the University of Southern Mississippi, Butts wrote and photographed hard news along with general and military feature stories for The Vicksburg Post newspaper in Vicksburg. Prior to that, she worked as a public affairs specialist at the Army Reserve Medical Command in Pinellas Park, Fla. where she photographed and reported about military activities around the United States. In addition to her reporting, she also assisted in activities that brought soldiers together with civilians. Butts began her career in communications as a sports reporter for The Weekly Factor newspaper and staff writer and photographer for The Daily Star newspaper in Grenada.
The daughter of the Rev. Johnny and Joyce Butts of Kilmichael, Butts has two sons, Gabriel and Ian.
WANDA ROCHE, advertising representative
Wanda has worked in the newspaper industry since 1989. She attended Grenada High School through 1978 and furthered her education at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas, and at the Associated Press Institute in Washington, D.C. Active in the community, Wanda is the chairman of the Grenada Lake Association’s Thunder on Water festival, was an ambassador for the Grenada Chamber of Commerce, and was a member of the Grenada Lion’s Club.