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Patrick Smith named new Declaration editor

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INDEPENDENCE — Patrick H. Smith has been named the new editor of The Declaration.

He succeeds former editor Tina E. Vaughn, who is pursuing a career as a fiction writer. Vaughan had her first novel, “No Sweeter Love,” published earlier this year and is working on a follow-up.

Some of Smith's work will also appear in The Gazette, a sister publication of The Declaration.

Smith expects to complete his degree this summer from Emory & Henry College, where he majored in mass communications and minored in English literature.

At Emory & Henry, Smith served as sports section editor for the school newspaper, “The Whitetopper.” He completed a reporting internship in 2011 with the Smyth County News and Messenger in Marion.

He also gained radio broadcasting experience while hosting weekly community updates and managing the student radio station’s Tuesday programming.

Smith played trumpet during each of his four years as an undergraduate in Emory & Henry’s trumpet and brass ensembles.

The group took part in prestigious national and international competitions and conferences, including the group’s trip to China last spring, where members toured and performed at multiple broadcast and televised venues across the country, including Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai.

Smith is a graduate of Carroll County High School and lives in Woodlawn with his parents, Doug and Tammy Smith. He is the grandson of Olen and Norma Quesenberry of Galax.

He may also be recognized by some as a former cashier at Taco Bell in Galax.

His hobbies include reading, video-gaming, exercising and traveling.

Smith can be contacted via e-mail at editor@independencedeclaration.com or by calling The Declaration at 773-2222.