Meet the Staff:
AMANDA SEXTON FERGUSON, editor/publisher
Amanda began her career in journalism when she joined the editorial staff of The Southaven Press in 1999, being named editor shortly after. 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. Amanda manages every aspect of the newspaper office, as well as reporting news from Carroll and Montgomery counties, advertising sales, and graphic design. Amanda and her husband, Keith, live in Carrollton with their son, Dean; dog, Don Juan; and cat, Deadline.
WANDA ROCHE', advertising consultant
Wanda Roche’ 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.
SHONDA MLITON, advertising consultant
Shonda Milton is a native of Winnfield, La. She received a degree in journalism, public relations from Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, La. She also teaches journalism and music at Carroll Academy and owns The Flora News, a free, monthly publication in Madison County. She and her husband, Bo, live in Carrollton with their three children, Georgia Lee, Mary Jordan and Andie Holliday.
ERIN ESTRADA, Graphic Designer
Erin Estrada is a native of Winona. After graduating from Winona High School in 2011, she pursued a degree in fine arts with a concentration in graphic design from Mississippi State University, graduating in December 2015. Erin relocated to Oceanside, California, after graduating college with her husband, Nick, who was lance corporal in U.S. Marines. In January 2017, the Estrada's returned home to Mississippi, and Erin joined the newspaper staff of The Winona Times and The Conservative. In June 2017, the Estradas welcomed their first child, Madilynn Jo Estrada.
CHRISTY BALLARD, Office Manager/Bookkeeper/Circulation and Classifieds Clerk
Christy Ballard is a native of Montgomery County. She Graduated from Winona High School in 1994 and furthered her education at Holmes Jr. College and Delta State University. Spending 15 years in the insurance industry prior to joining the staff of Montgomery Publishing, she holds license in property and casualty insurance, life insurance, and health insurance. She and her husband Kevin live in Grenada with their daughter Lori Lee Vail.