Maumelle Monitor Bill Lawson will be on a planned leave of absence beginning this week.

Lawson, who has been editor at the Monitor for almost a year, has been with Stephens Media and Central Arkansas Newspapers for the last seven years as a reporter and editor, after a long career in public relations and governmental affairs.

Lawson is expected to be back to work later this summer.

In the interim, veteran Stephens Media employee Jeremy Peppas will be taking over some of the editing duties that occupied Lawson, with Joseph Price assuming additional duties.

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