New staff members

The Taylor Press welcomes new staff members Leslie Lyle (left), associate publisher, and Kristina Weise, sales associate. Photo by Jason Hennington

There are a pair of fresh faces on the sales staff for the Taylor Press.

Leslie Lyle and Kristina Weise join the team as Associate Publisher and Sales Associate respectively.

“I am excited about these new additions to our staff,” said Publisher Richard Stone. “Leslie comes with a wealth of experience and I’m looking forward to partnering with her. Kristina has already shown she’s ready for this challenge and that’s fun to watch.”

Lyle comes to Taylor from Waxahachie with experience working in the Texas newspaper business from Gonzales to Midland.

“I am new to Taylor, but not new to Granite Publications,” Lyle said. “I started my newspaper career with Granite many years ago as the ad manager for the Gonzales Inquirer.”

Lyle calls herself a “professional marketer” and operates her own media company specializing as a print and digital publisher, direct-mail specialist, data broker, photographer, website developer and email specialist.

“I have a rock-solid belief in the power of the press, and especially the need for the community newspaper,” she said. “The newspaper informs you about the place you live and how your tax dollars are spent. It is essential to support and read your community newspaper.”

Lyle said she can chronicle back to her teenage years from newspaper clippings that she kept from the Waxahachie Daily Light. She said the best picture she has of her parents together came from the newspaper.

Weise is a product of Taylor. She has been here most of her life and is a 2002 graduate of Taylor High School.

“I love Taylor,” she said. “The area that I serve is like my ‘home base’ of shopping and hanging out! I am excited to help our local businesses grow their business.”

Weise said she and her husband shop a lot downtown, so she is familiar with the businesses.

However, this is her first time in a sales role for a newspaper. She is already enjoying her new position.

“I am a talker and a go getter,” she said. “I am so excited about the Downtown Taylor growth and I look forward to all that is to come.”

Weise is active in the community working with the Main Street Intermediate PTO for almost five years.

“Whenever I am approached with a chance to volunteer and help my community out, I am always in,” she said.

The two replace Scott Rucker and Ann Miller. Miller left in mid-May to take a position with Community Impact in Georgetown. Rucker accepted a senior sales position in July with the Elgin Courier, Taylor’s sister-paper.

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