Ray Booth, managing editor of The Daily & Sunday Jeffersonian and long-time editor of The Newcomerstown News, has announced he will retire on Friday, May 3, after 43 years with the company. Booth has also been associated with The Barnesville Enterprise and is one of the editors for the Ohio Gas & Oil Magazine.

"It’s just time for the next edition," Booth said. "I’ve had a long and productive career with The Jeffersonian and The News and look forward to being able to spend more time with family, especially my wife, Helen, and our grandchildren, Zoe, Sofia, Sam and Willa."

A native of Guernsey County, Booth joined The Jeffersonian as a reporter in June of 1976 after graduating from The Ohio State University. He was named editor of the weekly newspaper, The Newcomerstown News, in 1978, succeeding Jerry Wolfrom, who came to Cambridge to be editor of The Jeffersonian. In 1999, Booth came back to The Jeffersonian, eventually being named an editor, working with then managing editor Greg Parks. 

"There are a lot of great people whom I have worked with over the years but I won’t start naming them because I would not want to leave someone out," Booth said. "The people who currently work at The Jeff are important to me and I hope area residents know how hard these people work to try and put out the best newspaper, best website and best niche publications that they can.

"I believe it is important to have a solid news presence in a community and I sincerely hope that area residents will continue to support The Daily Jeffersonian and all of its publications."

John Kridelbaugh, publisher for The Daily & Sunday Jeffersonian and The Times-Reporter of Dover-New Philadelphia, noted, "Over the past four plus decades Ray has provided leadership in the newsroom of The Jeffersonian and affiliate weekly newspapers, providing readers with the information they need to know about their communities. Ray led the newsroom through several transitions over that time, but the driving force was always to provide quality local content in both print and digital forms."