Panama City, Fla., Op's Chief Bruce Garner Dies at 48

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By: E&P Staff NewsHerald.com has reported the death of Bruce Garner, operations director for The News Herald, Panama City, Fla. The 24-year veteran of the Freedom Communications daily died yesterday morning after battling cancer for a year.

Hired as a computer systems analyst, he was named production director in 1992 and operations director in 1999. Five years later, Garner took charge of a $14 million expansion of the paper's printing and packaging facilities, a project completed just over a year ago.

Publisher Karen Hanes told her paper that Garner "was willing to take on any task, no matter the scope. His vision of a commercial printing operation became a reality in 1995.'' For that, and the business' subsequent success, he won the parent company's first Freedom Award of Excellence.

Garner's co-workers remembered him for the trust he placed in them, "which made a stressful job much easier,? Chris joiner told News Herald staff writer Donna Vavala. "He was always happy to be covered in ink and grease trying to keep our old press running.?

Anthony Peterson recalled Garner as a problem solver who was able to figure out most mechanical problems.

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