The people behind The Oxford EAGLE — and why we do what we do
Head Pressman Eddie Lance, a native of Grenada and a graduate of Delta State University, began working for The Oxford EAGLE in 1994. His duties include supervising production of the newspaper and ordering supplies for the production side of the business. A camping enthusiast, he has visited nearly every theme park in the United States with his family. He is also a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He and his wife, Judith, have four children: Edward III, Joseph, Brandon and Heather; and one grandson, Gavin.
Eddie’s reason: “This is a good place to work, and it’s nice to have good relationships with your employers. Fixing the press when something goes wrong can be stressful, but I like knowing I can do it.”
Pressman Rayford “Bo” Brassell, a graduate of Lafayette High School, began working at The EAGLE in 1987. In addition to his pressman duties, which include the operation and maintenance of the press in the production of the newspaper, he has served as a route carrier. He and his wife, Joester, have three children: Tambra Brassell, Rayburn Brassell and Kelvin Egerson.
Bo’s reason: “My favorite thing is using the old camera to make a negative for printing. I only get to use it once a week now, when we print the Coffeeville paper. But I love it — it’s been here for years.”
Pressman Scott Bishop is a native of Lafayette County and a graduate of Lafayette High School. He worked at the venerable local institution Avent’s Dairy until its closure and joined The EAGLE in 1999. He also works as a handyman to maintain real-estate properties in the Oxford area. A member of the Lafayette County Volunteer Fire Department, he has spent the last decade serving as either a captain or assistant chief and also represents Station 12 on the county fire board. He is an outdoor enthusiast and enjoys travel, hiking and geocaching.
Scott’s reason: “I like it because it’s a family owned and oriented business.”
Operations Manager Wade Smith, who began working at The EAGLE as a teenager in 1987, graduated from Oxford High School and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College. His duties include helping with the production and circulation departments, in addition to being in charge of receiving. He is also employed as a firefighter with the Oxford Police Department.
Wade’s reason: “It’s one big family up here, and I get to do something different every day.”
Inserter Patricia Foster was born in Oxford and raised in Los Angeles. She returned home and has worked with The EAGLE since 1993. She has four children: Bernard White, Crystal White, Patrice Foster and Hazel Foster. Off hours, she spends time with her three grandchildren and on Facebook.
Pat’s reason: “It’s the people here, and the gossip, too. There’s some of everything talked about back here.”
Inserter Terry Vaughn came to The EAGLE in 2006 after a 21-year career as a teaching assistant at Bramlett and Oxford Elementary schools. A native of Lafayette County, she enjoys reading and spending time with her seven grandchildren. She has four children: Marlin Phillips, serving in the U.S. Air Force; Gery Phillips, serving with the University Police Department; Tabitha Vaughn Bell, a graduate of Mississippi State University and a social worker in Jackson; and Stephen Vaughn, who is employed with the city of Oxford.
Terry’s reason: “This job gives me the flexibility to continue my education. I’m currently taking classes toward a degree in business administration.”
Inserter Greg Campbell joined The EAGLE in 2009 after spending 13 years in Stockton, Calif., working in landscaping. He’s also worked locally in automotive detailing and landscaping, and is the groundskeeper for Burns United Methodist Church, which he attends. He enjoys watching sports and particularly Ole Miss football.
Greg’s reason: “I’ve enjoyed learning the business, catching on, and also the conversation. I’ve learned about what goes in the paper, how you bundle them up, the rural routes, the city routes. I enjoy it.”
Inserter De’Andre Cohran, an accounting student at Northwest Community College, joined The EAGLE in 2010 after working delivery jobs for Pizza Hut and Coop DeVille. He is a native of Oxford and a 2007 graduate of Oxford High School.
De’Andre’s reason: “This job is different from anything I’ve done before.”