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Beaver retires as Star publisher after 42-year newspaper career

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Domke named general manager

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    Granite Publications, The Star’s parent company, announced this week that Publisher Jim Beaver, right, is retiring and Keith E. Domke will take over as general manager, effective immediately. Star photo by Zachary-Taylor Wright

Longtime Granite Publications employee and Boerne Star Publisher Jim Beaver has retired after 42 years in the newspaper profession.

Beaver, 67, started in the business at a daily newspaper in Festus, Missouri. He has worked at Granite Publications, The Star’s parent company, since 2008.

At the time of his retirement, he was one of two executive area publishers for the company, overseeing several newspapers in the group while also being responsible for The Boerne Star.

“It’s been a great ride,” Beaver said. “I’ve made friends with hundreds of people in these 42 years. I’ve lived and visited places in this country that I never would have had the opportunity to.”

His retirement was effective Thursday.

The company also announced that Managing Editor Keith E. Domke has been promoted to general manager, effective immediately, and will oversee the day-to-day operations of the newspaper.

“Jim Beaver has been a part of our Granite family for a long time, serving as VIP ad director, publisher and executive area publisher for 13 years,” Granite Publications Vice President of Operations Daniel Philhower said. “We’re going to miss him terribly, but as he steps into retirement we are very confident he is leaving things in very good hands with Keith Domke as the general manager. We wish Jim all the happy things only retirement can offer.”

Beaver has published newspapers in Missouri, Mississippi and Texas during his four-plus-decade career. He started at Granite as its web sales and VIP advertising director before moving into management roles as publisher in Elgin and then Boerne.

“It’s going to be a nice transition from newspaperman to retiree, and my wife, Penny, and I have lots of traveling and visiting to do,” he said. “I’ll be 68 in a few months, and I think it’s time to turn in the keys. The Boerne Star staff is a fantastic staff, and Keith Domke will be a good leader of the team.”

Domke, 60, also is a career newspaperman who has served in management roles for 38 years, including a stint in Wyoming as a publisher. During his career, he has earned 55 newspaper awards, received several community recognitions, including a mayoral distinguished service proclamation and a city’s public servant of the year award, and has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. He also was nominated for businessman of the year this past year through the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce.

“I am honored to take this leadership role at The Boerne Star,” Domke said. “I’ve known since my first day here this is a special community and a special paper. I look forward to being out and about in the community even more than I already am and getting to know more of the fine folks who make this community special.”

Domke said he will retain his current editorial responsibilities while also overseeing the advertising and financial aspects of the paper.

“The Star is a great newspaper with great people,” he said. “We have an outstanding team. I love being here, working with them and being the true messenger for Boerne and Kendall County. I love serving this community and being partners with the people and businesses in this community. We will work even harder to make this already great paper ever greater.”

“I am fully confident that Keith will continue to serve the Boerne community in his new role and will continue to ensure our local businesses are successful and ensure your local newspaper remains strong well into the future,” Philhower said.

Granite Publications owns and manages 12 community newspapers and one printing press.

“Granite provides top-level management, accounting and marketing support for all of our newspapers and serves as a hub of resources to ensure our newspapers and our communities are successful,” Philhower said. “Our company motto is ‘One Team, One Vision, One Goal’ where we work together to ensure the success of our media company and the success of our local small businesses.

“Our newspapers provide hyper-local content, content that larger urban media will not cover. Our goal is put local names and faces in the newspaper and online when you’re born, when you pass away and as often as possible in between. Our newspapers are historical records of our communities, and 100 years from now, our descendants will not be turning to Facebook or Twitter to see what life was like in our community but rather they will be turning to your local newspaper.”

For more on Granite Publications, visit www.granitepublications.com.