About the Brantley Beacon
Rick and Sandy Head, owners of Head Publication, bring you The Brantley Beacon.
“We hope you find that the content is community-based,” publisher Rick Head said. “You will notice our style of how we are going to present our product each week.”
The Brantley Beacon will be published weekly and will hit the newsstands each Tuesday afternoon and be in subscriber’s mailboxes Wednesday.
“The opportunity to serve the Brantley County communities was one that we could not pass up,” the couple said. “We want to give Brantley counties the best, quality newspaper we can. We are very dedicated to doing that.
“With the help and support of the community, Brantley County will have that. The good folks that comprise this community deserve a quality paper that is honest and gives accurate reports.
“We would not be doing this if The Brantley Enterprise was still in operation. We have a lot of respect for Ken (Buchannon) and his family.”
Rick Head has 39 years of experience in the newspaper business and has served as the sports editor of several papers.
He began his career working for Robert Williams, Jr., owner and publisher of SouthFire Newspapers, in the late 1970s as a sports writer covering Blackshear High School sports.
Head worked two stints at The Statesboro Herald climbing the ladder from staff writer, to prep editor, to assistant sports editor and finally sports editor. Head has twice produced Top 3 Georgia Press Association football tabs.
He has continued his relationship with The Blackshear Times as the sports editor since returning to his native Pierce County in 1989. The Times’ football special sections have won several awards over the years as well.
Head, who is the sports editor of the Waycross Journal-Herald, is also the editor of The Alma Times.
“Over the last six years I have thrown myself headfirst into the newspaper business,” Head said. “I am proud of the fact that I have built a strong sports department for local coverage at the Journal-Herald through hard work.
“I have gained even more valuable experience writing news and editorials serving as interim editor and current editor of The Alma Times. I have built a reputation for being fair and honest with my reporting.”
His wife, Sandy, has over 20 years of experience working for SouthFire Newspapers. She has worked her way up the ladder to General Manager status.
Currently, she has taken on the duties as Sales Manager at The Alma Times.
“I am so excited and scared at the same time,” Sandy Head said. “This has been a dream of mine, and Rick’s, for a long time. We want to have a quality newspaper that you will be proud to call yours.
“Really, this is not about us. This is for Brantley County and I hope you will support us.”
We are pleased to say that Taylor Hoff is our office manager. So, “If you have any questions,” said Rick Head, “please don’t hesitate to call the office 912.462.2326 and speak with Taylor.”
The Heads have already lined up a local news reporter and two local photographers to help with taking pictures of Brantley County sporting events.
“This is going to be a community-wide effort,” said Rick Head. “I’m asking for help from the community to supply us with church news, local news, photographs and story ideas.
“We want to receive wedding announcements, birth announcements, anniversary announcements. We’re in the business of recording the community’s history.”
The Heads have six children and currently seven grandchildren.