About Sassafras CreationsA Publishing Company
Our philosophy is simple: give residents a quality product to read, give local vendors our business, and give back to those in need. Informative, Supportive, and Caring-now that’s something worth working for.
By publishing visually appealing, quality, community magazines that highlight tourist assets in the County, Sassafras Creations not only provides a platform for local businesses to advertise, but also keeps residents informed with current events, news, and community generated editorial.
- We are committed to publishing superior magazines using community generated editorial whenever possible so as to be a reliable source for residents.
- We publish magazines at no cost to residents so as not to deprive anyone from the opportunity of staying informed.
- We work with local vendors whenever possible so as to stimulate the local economy.
- We give advertisers a platform to market their products to residents so as to offer savings and benefits to the community.
- We regularly support charitable causes and organizations so as to give back to the community.
Meet the Team
We care about our community, and our team is committed to helping it flourish by publishing superior magazines that keep residents informed and support local!
Christina Burroughs takes pride in being an active member of the community. She moved to King George County with her family years ago. She is a Realtor, a business owner, and an advocate for stimulating our local economy. She has a first-hand understanding of why people are choosing to move to the County. Christina has a Master of Arts degree with a Secondary Education Certification in English from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She plans to help King George County grow and wants to highlight all it has to offer on a regular basis!
Krystle Miller was born and raised in Virginia. She spent the first half of her life in Alexandria until her family moved to Stafford in 2007. In 2004, she met the love of her life while on a church camping trip. They married in 2006 and they moved to King George. They live here with their two wonderful and very active boys.
Sally has always had a love for art and pursued it even further into college. She has been graphic designing since 1996 and graduated from Radford University in 1997 with a B.S. Degree in Art, concentration Graphic Design. After college she worked up in Northern VA at print companies, government contractors and design firms, in which it gave her a wide range of experience for designing.
She met her husband on a jeeping-camping trip in 2005, and they moved to King George, VA, in 2006, where Sally started her business SJ Graphx, LLC. She grew up in Fredericksburg, VA, so she wasn’t far from her hometown. They got married in 2007 and have two girls. Her hobbies are anything outdoors ranging from: scuba diving, snorkeling, boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and jeeping.
Every client has different needs and she loves the challenge in making each design unique!
Chris Jones is an award-winning journalist and founder of Chris Jones Ink, a content writing and marketing agency. Throughout his journalism career, Chris has interviewed notable celebrities like HGTV personality Sabrina Soto, Food Network star Rachael Ray, and Daphne Maxwell Reid from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air among others. He has written and collaborated on five books and is co-founder of the Fredericksburg Independent Book Festival. When not writing or editing, he loves playing classic video games with his 4-year-old daughter, reading, and experimenting with personal development.
Photo Credit: Corey Miller Photography
A Newspaper Man At Heart
The latest chapter in the professional life of Leonard Banks has taken a new twist. After 25 years of covering every facet of the world of sports and lifestyle writing, he has returned to his beloved town of King George as a writer for the County Compass.
Prior to joining the staff of the County Compass, Banks was employed by a number of area newspapers, including the Caroline Progresss, Westmoreland News, and Journal Press, where he began as a graphic artist in 1995, and was later promoted to sports editor. The late publisher of the Journal Press, Ruth Herrink realized that her employee had a flair for excitement. She challenged Banks to take on the world of criticism and use his literary skills to uplift a new generation of readers. Whether it was repurposing a high school athlete into a household name by giving them a nickname or changing the theme of a sports story into a war between two gladiators, Banks had found his niche in the world of weekly news journalism.
Originally from Lynchburg, VA, Banks attended Howard University, and later married his Howard University college sweetheart. Both he and his wife, Harriette have been married for nearly 33 years. Like his wife, his daughter Lauren pursued a career in the world of engineering. His passion of news coverage extended to Washington, DC, by covering Broadway plays, such as the Gin Game [Charles Durning, Julie Harris], Fences [James Earl Jones, Leslie Ugams], Lion King, and numerous others over a period of 20 years.
His most cherished moment in journalism was serving as Aretha Franklin’s personal photographer. During the 2008 Presidential inauguration, Banks, with his wife by his side, photographed the legendary singer as she left the Four Season’s Hotel, in Washington, DC., to sing before the world. Whether it’s creating a complicated advertisement from a simple idea or interviewing a policeman on the importance of safety, Banks will forever be grateful for the opportunity to use his craft to uplift his fellow man.
Leigh-Erin was born and raised in Stafford County, VA, where she still resides today with her husband and daughter. She worked in the Healthcare field for 28 years and loves to meet and connect with new people in her region. Reaching out to local businesses for advertising opportunities comes easily to her. In her free time she likes to crochet, camp, and spend time with her family.
Justin Zimmerman was born and raised in Southern Maryland. He spends a lot of time with his family in the King George, Virginia area. He is an FAA certified sUAV (drone) pilot and has made photography a hobby since high school. He is an active member of the community, teaching baseball to local youth, and he has taught a defensive driving course (Alive @ 25) for teenagers for over ten years. He looks forward to providing a different view of the beautiful sights that King George has to offer.
Supporting Our Community
Sassafras Creations, LLC supports local charitable, non-for-profit organizations by dedicating editorial space in every publication for the marketing of such organizations. By dedicating editorial space for organizations which help the less fortunate in our community, Sassafras Creations, LLC is forgoing paid advertising in lieu of that editorial space in hopes that the community at-large will be better off as a result of it. It is the goal of Sassafras Creations, LLC that the community will not only be reminded of the less fortunate in the community amongst us, but that those in the community who are able to donate will do so even if it is in lieu of accepting something more valuable for themselves. In the past, Sassafras Creations, LLC has dedicated editorial space for charitable organizations such as the King George Community Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen, Love They Neighbor, King George Education Foundation, an organization which supports local students, educators, and the community, as well as the Fredericksburg Regional Food Bank.
If you’re a representative of a local charitable, non-for-profit organization who would like to share an upcoming drive, event, or other information in regards to your organization’s needs to better those less fortunate in our community, please call or email so we can discuss dedicating editorial space to help your organization’s cause. Thank you for your service and dedication to our community.