Herald-Journal publisher Drake to head Fla. group

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — Kevin Drake, publisher of the Herald-Journal of Spartanburg, has been named head of the Ledger Media Group in Lakeland, Fla.

Both newspapers are part of the Halifax Media Group. The move was announced Tuesday by Halifax Media Group CEO Michael Redding and South Region Publisher Jim Doughton in Lakeland and was reported by the Herald-Journal (http://bit.ly/1mptlfL ).

Drake replaces Jerome Ferson, who resigned last week. Drake's start date has not been determined, but it is expected to be within the next four weeks, Halifax said.

Allen Parsons will continue to serve as the Ledger Media Group's interim publisher.

Drake became publisher of the Herald-Journal in 2012. Earlier, the Spartanburg native had been a regional sales director for Halifax Media Group and publisher of The Times-News of Hendersonville, N.C.

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