By Ethan Colbert
Linda Keith Luebrecht, a longtime member of the Bowling Green Times staff and the newspaper’s publisher since 2004, announced her resignation Thursday.
Luebrecht’s last day at the publication, which has been her place of employment since 1986, will be October 2.
“It has been an honor serving as the publisher of my hometown newspaper,” Luebrecht said in an interview on Monday. “The years that I have spent here have been really enjoyable. They’ve been fun and I really mean that. It’s been challenging, stressful, but its been a great experience.”
She later added that she “appreciated the community’s support over the years and that I’m looking forward to moving to this new position.”
Luebrecht, a 1982 graduate of Bowling Green High School, was officially named last week as the next City Administrator for the City of Bowling Green. Luebrecht will take the position of Barb Allison, who announced earlier this year her intent to retire from the position at the end of the calendar year.
Luebrecht said the newspaper’s parent company, Lakeway Publishers, has yet to name her successor, but that a search is underway.
Luebrecht came to work at the Times in 1986 as the newspaper was moving its circulation system from a manual filing system to a computerized system.
She later began to design the newspaper’s advertisements, a duty she will continue until her resignation. She has also worked as a typesetter, bookkeeper, and page designer at the news publication. In 2015, she was also named publisher of the Louisiana Press-Journal, a sister publication of the Bowling Green Times.
In addition to her duties as publisher, Luebrecht has been the longtime organizer of the Citizen of the Year Award. The award is presented annually at the Chamber of Commerce banquet and has been sponsored by the local newspaper for decades.
According to Luebrecht, the biggest change she has seen over her tenure at the publication has been the continued introduction of new technologies.
“Probably one of the biggest changes is when we went from paste up to digital in terms of layout,” Luebrecht said.
Of the things that she will miss, Luebrecht said she will miss seeing the behind-the-scenes work that goes into each edition.
Luebrecht is the second longtime employee to depart the company in recent months as longtime company vice-president Walt Gilbert, also a former publisher of the Louisiana Press-Journal, retired last month after nearly 50 years in the industry.
“I strongly feel that if it is meant to be, it is meant to be,” Luebrecht said. “This is meant to be.”