After serving as managing editor of The Beehive newspaper for the past 20 years, Cecily Markland has stepped down to begin a new chapter in her life as Cecily Markland Condie, having married Rex Condie of Litchfield Park on December 30.
“With this new title in my life, my focus will change somewhat, and I couldn’t be happier about the prospects ahead,” Cecily says.
“Of course, I won’t be giving up writing and editing all together,” she adds. “I guess I’ve always had ink in my blood. I wrote my first newspaper article when I was in the fourth grade, and I can’t imagine going many days without writing an article or doing some editing of some kind.”
Cecily was named The Beehive editor in 1996, when the paper was still a fledgling publication. Now the largest regional LDS newspaper in the country, it started as a 12-page, black-and-white publication in 1993, when publisher Russell Taylor, with business manager, Linda Leavitt Hartmann, brought the paper his parents started in Nevada to Arizona. Marsha Ward served as the first editor but, when her husband’s health required more of her care, Cecily took the editorship.
“It’s been a tremendous blessing to chronicle the growth of the Church in Arizona over the past 20 years and to write about the many great things Arizona Latter-day Saints are doing,” Cecily says.
She attended the groundbreaking ceremonies for four temples—in Snowflake, Gilbert, Phoenix and Tucson—and participated in the media day tour at the Gila Valley Temple.
She has interviewed and written about sports figures, including Danny Ainge and Danny White; politicians, such as Jeff Flake and Matt Salmon; and Church leaders, including Elder Neil L Andersen of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, of the First Presidency. Her articles have also showcased noteworthy accomplishments of many student achievers, authors, musicians and community leaders. Cecily has also enjoyed reporting on countless service projects and humanitarian efforts of individuals, wards and stakes.
“I’ve personally written more than 1,000 articles for The Beehive and have edited at least that many more from various writers I’ve had the privilege of working with,” Cecily says.
She has had articles about Latter-day Saints from Arizona published in Meridian Magazine, Deseret News and Mormon Times and also has written for the Gilbert Independent, the Mesa Tribune and various other publications.
Cecily has worked as director of public relations for Family Watch International since 2009. She authored a children’s book titled If I Made a Bug and compiled several columns she wrote for The Beehive into Hope: One Mile Ahead and the soon-to-be-published, Of Cracks and Chinks and Character. She is owner of Inglestone Publishing, a publishing services company she started in 2009, and co-owner with Cindy Williams of CNC Distribution, LLC, a book distribution and marketing company.
Among other Church callings, Cecily served as a Mesa Temple ordinance worker for five years and was recently released as Mia Maid advisor in the Udall Ward, Mesa Stake.
To contact Cecily, visit www.inglestonepublishing.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.