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Wonderful West Virginia magazine gets new publisher

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — After 17 years, Wonderful West Virginia magazine will have a new publisher, beginning with the January 2015 issue.

The Department of Natural Resources has awarded the contract to edit and design the monthly magazine showcasing the state’s natural scenery, history, recreational opportunities and people to New South Media, based in Morgantown.

That means the December issue will be the last produced by Cannon Graphics of Charleston, a company founded by the late Arnout Hyde Jr., who was one of the original creators of Wonderful West Virginia in 1968.

Cannon Graphics, owned by Hyde’s daughter, Teresa Hyde, has produced the monthly magazine since 1997.

“We’re confident the quality of the magazine will continue or improve,” DNR spokesman Hoy Murphy said of the change. “It’s a magazine the DNR has proudly published for many, many years, and hopes to publish for many more.”

 New South Media was founded in 2008 and currently publishes seven magazines with circulation of about 300,000, including WV Living, WV Wedding, Morgantown, and West Virginia Focus magazines. Company president Nikki Bowman could not be reached for comment Monday.

Likewise, Teresa Hyde was not available for comment, but Wonderful West Virginia editor Shelia McEntee sent an e-mail to contributors advising, “My staff and I are sad to lose the contract and the opportunity to continue to produce a magazine that we feel has portrayed our state’s natural heritage and cultural diversity with great beauty and depth…

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