Picayune Item managing editor retiring; 43 years

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PICAYUNE, Miss. (AP) — Picayune Item Managing Editor Will Sullivan is retiring Feb. 28, after 43 years in newspapers.

The Item reports (http://bit.ly/1dklQCs ) that he saw evolution from linotypes to computer layout and from film to digital cameras.

He began his career in 1971 at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, where he received many awards for his writing about agriculture, including his 1982 series "The Hidden War." Those articles, about the Corps of Engineers' purchase of a right-of-way around Granada Lake, prompted farmers to sue the corps. The farmers won.

Sullivan has worked at the Item since September 1989. He says his biggest story there was Hurricane Katrina, which brought many people in from the coast. Sullivan says Pearl River County went from fewer than 40,000 residents when Katrina hit to more than 50,000 afterward.

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Information from:

Picayune Item, http://www.picayuneitem.com

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