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SHELBYVILLE, Ky. - Max Heath, former general manager and editor of The Perry County News and longtime executive editor of Landmark Community Newspapers Inc., retired June 30.
Heath was a key contributor to LCNI's growth over the years as it added publications in several states. A 35-year LCNI veteran, he had been with the company since its purchase by Landmark Communications in 1973 and had worked for its predecessor company, Newspapers Inc., since March 1969.
Heath started his career as sports reporter in his hometown of Campbellsville, Ky., and served as sports editor and news editor of the Central Kentucky News. from 1966-69. He became editor-manager of the News-Journal in 1969 and later served as an information specialist in the U.S. Army in Alabama and Thailand.
Back in the U.S., Heath worked as editor-manager of the merged Central Kentucky News-Journal before coming to Tell City in 1975, serving as editor-general manager here for five years.
He moved to LCNI's corporate office in 1980 as executive editor, serving for 22 years. Heath became circulation director in 1983 and held that position for 23 years. He was regional manager for several properties through the 1990s.
He has represented the interests of community newspapers on the joint postal-industry Mailers Technical Advisory Committee since 1989, was involved in state press association work in Indiana and Kentucky and remains known nationally for his knowledge of postal issues faced by community newspapers. Heath received the U.S. Postal Service Special Achievement Award in 1998.