Pleasant Hill barbecue master Stan Hays will have to keep a lot of pens on hand to sign autographs now that he is a nationally-renowned television star! Earlier this year, Hays competed on the Food Network reality show “Chopped Grill Masters” against other contestants from across the nation. He made it to the finals of the show before calling it quits in the television industry—for now! Hays was proud to represent his hometown of Pleasant Hill, the area and, most importantly, Operation BBQ Relief, his charitable organization that travels to areas hit by disasters to provide good barbecue and other food delights to those4 in need and those helping them.
Effective Oct. 1
New owner takes over P. H. Times
. ..The end of an era came to pass on Oct. 1, 2015, when the Pleasant Hill Times changed ownership and a new era began. . ..After more than 26 years, F. Kirk Powell decided to settle into semi-retirement and has sold the Times to Patrick Roll, owner and publisher of the Fayette Advertiser & Democrat-Leader and Chariton Valley News Press in central Missouri. . ..Powell and his wife, the late Jan Powell, bought the Times in 1989 while they owned the Holden Progress east of Pleasant Hill. . ..In 1991, the couple sold the Progress and concentrated solely on the Times for the next 24 years. . ..Jan passed away earlier this year and Kirk continued to run the newspaper until his final day on Sept. 30, 2015. . ..Roll hails from Elkhorn, Neb., a suburb of Omaha. He now lives in Fayette, a small community in Howard County north of Boonville—and loves the small-town life. Roll is married to Ruth, and they have three children and seven grandchildren. . ..“This is a tremendous opportunity to keep a local newspaper operational and keep its hometown flavor,” said Roll. “I truly believe community newspapers continue to have their place in society to ensure local news is covered and its history recorded.” . ..A graduate of Elkhorn High School, Roll went on to earn a bachelor of science degree in social science from Peru State College in Nebraska. . ..He has worked in the newspaper industry throughout his career, while also being involved in the livestock and produce agricultural industries. . ..He began his newspaper career with the Omaha-World Herald newspaper from 1992 through 1998. . ..Roll then tried a different line of work, becoming a broker-manager and dispatcher for Fremont Contract Carriers from 1998-2000. . .." We are going to keep the same crew that has worked together to put out a quality newspaper in Pleasant Hill, Roll said. “And we will continue to give ‘our best to you each week!’” . ..Staying on board at the newspaper are News and Sports Editor Kerry Warman, Sales Manager Cheryl Miller, Business Manager and Staff Writer Betty Beason, Graphics Design and Advertising Layout Manager Sandy Anderson, Staff Writer Kristie Hertzog and Circulation Manager Stan Parks.
. ..There will be a few changes to the Times during this transition. However, readers can expect to receive the high quality and standards this newspaper has provided for more than 100 years. . ..“We thank Kirk for this opportunity to continue the Pleasant Hill Times as the source for local news and advertisement,” said Roll. “Kirk and his late wife Jan have published a great newspaper for 26 years and we look forward to continuing this tradition.”
—story and photos by Times News Editor Kerry Warman