"We are extremely confident in Diane as the publisher of The Bolivar Commercial," said Sarah Ireland, CEO of Walls Newspapers. "She has been a true asset to this paper for many years and we look forward to the bright future under her leadership."
Makamson, who had been acting as interim publisher since the retirement of former publisher Mark Williams, had previously been the chief operating officer and bookkeeper with The Bolivar Commercial.
"I look forward to the challenges ahead and appreciate being given this opportunity," said Makamson.
"This community and the people of this community hold a special place in my heart. I plan to maintain this newspaper as a special asset to our community.
"I have a very caring staff and many dedicated employees who have worked here for many years and I'm looking forward to working with them for many more," said Makamson.
Makamson has worked at the newspaper for 35 years and has experience in all aspects of printing, including knowledge of the Job Shop and of paper delivery.
Makamson's personal philosophy of community service and betterment coincides well with the long time mission of The Bolivar Commercial.
Makamson is a past president of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce. She has served and continues to serve in many capacities with the chamber, including co-chair of concessions at Octobterfest and Italian Fest, chair of Octoberfest and vice president of Team Cleveland. She currently serves on the EDF board
She was chairman of the Dixie Boys World Series in 2000 and 2012.
She has been a Boy Scout Den Mother, president of the Bayou Academy Patrons League and served on the Crosstie Arts Board.
Makamson is a Life Member of Junior Auxiliary and continues to stay involved with the Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland.
She and her husband Kenny have two grown sons Jason and Jonathan.
Jason and his wife Mary Michael, both graduates of Delta State University, have made their home in Bolivar County and are expecting a child in May.
Jonathan, the youngest son, a graduate of Mississippi State University, is working as a civilian firefighter in Iraq.