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Evans named editor of LaGrange Daily News

Times-Journal news and sports editor Daniel Evans has been named managing editor of the LaGrange [Ga.] Daily News and its affiliated publications and digital products. Evans will begin work in LaGrange May 15, and will move with his family to LaGrange in the coming weeks. The Selma-Times Journal and the LaGrange Daily News are both owned by Boone Newspapers, Inc.

During Evans’ four-year tenure at the Times-Journal, he has worked as both sports and news editor, and has been part of a news staff that has earned more than 70 awards for news and sports writing, design and photography. During his time at the Times-Journal, Evans also completed a management associate program where he was trained in all aspects of community newspaper operations.

“Daniel is one of the best community journalists I’ve ever had the privilege to work with,” said Times-Journal editor Justin Averette. “He cares about the stories he tells and the people he writes about, which is evident through the strong relationships he’s developed with coaches, student athletes and others in the community. While we will miss Daniel’s contributions to our newsroom and community, he’s earned this opportunity to advance his career. I look forward to following his work in LaGrange.”

Averette said the Times-Journal has already received significant interest from applicants interested in moving to Selma, and he hopes to make an announcement soon on Evans’ replacement.

Evans and his wife, Alyssa, are both graduates of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and are expecting their first child in July.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity I have ahead of me in LaGrange, but it’s going to be difficult to leave Selma,” Evans said. “The last four years here have been some of the greatest of my life. I’ve made lifelong friends and have had incredible opportunities in this city that I never would’ve imagined before taking this job. Selma is a great place to live and work, and I’ll always look back on my time here with fond memories.” 

Evans’ final day with the Times-Journal will be May 13.