Newspaper editor remembered as 'one-of-a-kind, consummate journalist'

ALEXANDER CITY, AL (WSFA) - The Alexander City Outlook Executive Editor Mitch Sneed died Sunday night following a two-vehicle crash Saturday morning.

According to Alex City Police Deputy Chief Easterwood, the crash happened around 7:45 a.m. on Highway 280 at the intersection of Alabama Highway 63. A 2010 Ford F-150 and a Honda Accord were both heading Westbound when the crash happened.

According to The Outlook, Sneed was stopped at the intersection when the Honda Accord struck him from behind.

Easterwood says Sneed, 57, was transported from the scene, but died Sunday from his injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

The Alexander City Outlook says Sneed worked for the news organization as an executive editor, overseeing the news operations for the Tallapoosa Publishers family of newspapers, including the Alex City Outlook, the Wetumpka Herald, the Dadeville Record, the Tallassee Tribune and Eclectic Observer.

Tallpoosa Publishers Chairman Kenneth Boone said Sneed is irreplaceable and will be greatly missed:

"Mitch was truly a one-of-a-kind, consummate journalist. He was professional, tenacious, driven and at the same time compassionate, kind and fair. While not everybody called him a friend, he was universally respected for his integrity and for how he improved our community. Mitch made an impact in Alexander City government like few people ever have, and we're all better for it. I think Mitch viewed his salary as a perk for doing what he was going to do anyway. He loved his job and he did it very, very well. Mitch Sneed is irreplaceable, and he will be greatly missed."

The Outlook is asking the community for help with an upcoming special edition. They would like to fill the paper with words about Mitch from those who knew him. You can comment on The Outlook's Facebook page or email editor@alexcityoutlook.com.

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