Steele Enterprise under new leadership

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Bess Ann Utley-Pease

Lisa Rhoades, editor and general manager of the Steele Enterprise in Steele, Mo., passed away suddenly in early October this year.

According to David Tennyson, publisher of Village News Inc., which encompasses the Blytheville Courier News, the Osceola Times, the Democrat-Argus and the Steele Enterprise, Lisa has worked at the Steele Enterprise for over 10 years. "Lisa had suffered with a variety of health issues for years, but I can tell you, she never missed getting a paper out on schedule. Her dedication to the newspaper and community will be greatly missed."

Bess Ann Utley-Pease has assumed Lisa's role at the Enterprise. "She is originally from Steele, and has been working in the newspaper business for years," Tennyson stated. "Replacing Lisa will take a lot of dedication and effort, but Bess Ann knows her stuff."

"I will do my best to fill Lisa's shoes, but it won't be an easy task," says Utley-Pease. "This is my hometown, and I plan to take care of your baby, Lisa, - The Steele Enterprise -- in your honor."

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