A Sesquicentennial of their own

The Georgetown News Graphic is beginning its own Sesquicentennial, tracing its roots back to 1867 though the News Graphic name has only been in existence a few years.

Publisher Mike Scogin is in the midst of several projects to celebrate the 150 years his Georgetown tri-weekly has been serving Scott County.

Then last week came word from Jeff Moore, general manager of the Carrollton News Democrat that his newspaper just marked “Volume 1, Number 150” of that Carroll County weekly

Jeff has a distinction that may be unique across the U.S. He is general manager of two weekly newspapers that have been around for 150 years. Jeff also runs the Owenton News Herald in neighboring Owen County.

Jeff asked if there was a chance someone from Carrollton might have been part of the group who met January 13, 1869, to form a society that’s today known as the Kentucky Press Association.

I checked Perry Ashley’s ‘Early History of KPA’ and while I didn’t find anyone associated with the Carrollton paper attending that meeting, I did find that J.M. Clarke with the Owen News was elected Vice President of KPA in 1870. In fact, he served as VP for five years.

Can you trace your newspaper back 150 years? If so, please let me know and give me the year your newspaper formed, realizing like Georgetown it may have had various names along the way.

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