WEST JEFFERSON — It has been 16 years since he has worn the publisher’s hat at The Jefferson Post, but a familiar name is being welcomed back to Ashe County’s hometown newspaper. Rex Goss, of West Jefferson, has been named regional publisher and marketing director for Civitas Media’s western NC mountain group. He will oversee operations at The Jefferson Post, Elkin Tribune, The Yadkin Ripple and other associated publications.
Goss brings a dedication to the newspaper as strong as his community roots. Having grown up in Ashe County, he’s familiar with the areas served by the paper as well as the growing business community.
“We are pleased to bring Rex back on board,” Sandra Hurley, Regional Director for the group said. “Rex and I worked together for several years and his experience will be a tremendous asset.” Hurley was publisher of The Jefferson Post until 1996, when she handed the reigns over to Goss, leaving to work at a sister paper in West Virginia. “It’s really great to see him back home where he belongs — leading our newspapers in this part of the state,” Hurley said about her younger brother.
Goss has a long history of working in community newspapers. He started his media career in 1992 as an advertising manager at The Jefferson Post, and was promoted to publisher in 1996. He went on to work as general manager of The Mount Airy News in 2001, followed by a publisher position at The Newberry Observer, in Newberry, South Carolina, and as regional marketing director for Heartland Publications’ South Carolina properties for a span of 10 years. Five years ago, Rex and his wife Teressa Vannoy Goss decided to move back home. For the past five years he has worked for Jones Media as the general manager of The Ashe Mountain Times.
“I am so excited about working with Rex again,” Jefferson Post general manager Teresa Laws said after hearing of the appointment. “Rex was the one who hired me 17 years ago and for the past five years, I have been wanting us to be back on the same team; and that team needed to be The Jefferson Post. I look forward to working with him building the Post to be the quality newspaper Ashe County deserves.”
“I consider myself blessed to land a job with more responsibilities and more impact on our region but still get to work in the industry I enjoy and reside where I grew up – beautiful Ashe County. I appreciate the opportunity Jones Media gave me to work as the general manager of the Ashe Mountain Times. I enjoyed working with them, however as my father-in-law Wade T. Vannoy has often told me ‘sometimes you have to reach up for higher briars and bigger berries.’ It really gives me the opportunity to have more impact on the career I love,” said Goss.
“I consider myself fortunate to have the opportunity to work once again with the general manager of The Jefferson Post, Teresa Laws and her dedicated staff. I watched Teresa grow up in Ashe County and blossom as a newspaper employee for the past 17 years. Her experience level makes my job much easier.”
“I truly love Ashe County and Ashe County people. I promise to do my best assisting these publications as they continue to be the eyes for the public and providing our readers the best newspaper possible.”
Goss, and his wife Teressa reside with their Labrador retriever Rocket in the West Jefferson community. Teressa is employed by the Ashe County Schools system at the Early Learning Center as a pre-K teacher. Rex volunteers as the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce vice chairman, vice president of the West Jefferson Business Association and serves on the West Jefferson Partnership Board.