Learn more about some of the writers, staff, and contributors to the Lexington County Chronicle.
Michael Aun won the World Championship of Public Speaking for Toastmasters International. He is a Hall of Fame Speaker for Toastmasters and the National Speakers Association as well as a "Legend of the Speaking Profession." He is also a Certified Speaking Professional and is syndicated in 1,500 newspapers in 41 counties. He is the only speaker in the world to have all these designations.
Valerie and Wayne Augustine
Valerie and Wayne Augustine write the "Around Gilbert and Summit" column in the Lexington County Chronicle. Valerie Augustine also covers local festivals and events, and many of her photos appear in the Lake Murray Fish Wrapper and annual Explore Lexington County guide. She has a degree in Graphic Design and Photography from Virginia Western. Wayne Augustine is a graduate of the Citadel and has a BA degree. He delivers our weekly papers and helps find news for their weekly column.
Editor Emeritus Jerry Bellune co-founded the Lexington County Chronicle and the Lake Murray Fish Wrapper. He writes the Chronicle's weekly "Business Blog" about small business opportunities and "The Editor Talks With You," a conversation about anything he and his readers are interested in.
MaryJo Briggs-Austin writes a monthly column. "Live a Life You Love" includes real-life stories, simple steps and professional advice about spirituality, health and yoga. Learn how health, spirituality and nutrition are related. The real meaning of yoga and its benefits. Ways to improve relationships and more so you can live the life of your dreams!
News Editor Rose Cisneros has been with the Lexington County Chronicle since 2016. She most enjoys writing travel pieces and inspiring news featuring members of the Lexington County community.
Thomas Grant Jr.
Thomas Grant Jr. is the sports editor for the Lexington County Chronicle. He writes and shoots photos of the sporting activities in Lexington County, as well as the 15 schools in the county and the town of Irmo.
Claudette Holliday writes “Lexington Yesterday”, a weekly local history column about Lexington since 1996 and serves as historian for the Lexington County Chronicle. She and her family live in Lexington County and she is a seventh-generation descendant of Laurence Corley and Christina Blakely and pioneer settlers of the Sturkey family of Matten, Switzerland.
Office Manager/Bookkeeper, Jewel Hull manages the upkeep of financials, lends an extra hand where needed and makes sure that everything runs smoothly for the Lexington County Chronicle. She currently is the writer of the Chronicle's weekly “Health Wanted" column and enjoys sharing personal experiences and knowledgeable information to the community.
Chuck McCurry is a husband, dad, granddad and businessman with a background in retail management, sales management, retail management, and public speaking training. He currently works as an account advisor and writes a weekly column called "Church Buzz" for the Lexington County Chronicle when he’s not hiking, spending time with his family or working with his church.
Tom Poland writes the Lexington County Chronicle’s “Down South” column, which covers the South and its people, traditions, and lifestyles as well as nostalgia and road trips. Governor Henry McMaster conferred the Order of the Palmetto upon Tom for his body of work about South Carolina.
Mark Powell’s Holy Cow! History column has shared fun, forgotten stories from the past since 2016. Mark is VP of Communications at Ivory Tusk Consulting, a Lexington County-based business. He’s an amateur historian, author, and former TV network journalist with extensive government communications experience at the state and federal levels.
Subscription Manager Katie Ritchie writes the weekly “Tech Talk” column about technology, scams, and security risks which pose a threat to Lexington County Chronicle and Lake Murray Fish Wrapper readers. She manages the circulation of both papers, as well as legal and classifieds advertising.
Linda Sauls grew up in Aynor, SC and worked many years in the hospitality industry before bringing her experience, years, and talent to the Lexington County Chronicle as the Sales Manager.