3 West Kentucky papers merging March 8
The three oldest newspapers in the Mississippi River counties of Hickman County and Fulton County are combining resources to better serve our corner of the world.
March 1 will be the last issues bearing the individual names of The Hickman Courier, The Fulton Leader and The Hickman County Gazette. The newspapers will not close; rather they will join forces to produce one strong newspaper. The content of all three will be incorporated into one. All three newspapers are long-time members of the Kentucky Press Association and recently joined the National Newspaper Association. The new newspaper will maintain those memberships as well as dual membership in the Tennessee Press Association.
“As leaders in Hickman County, Fulton County and Obion County, the staffs of these newspapers pledge to work toward a unified effort to offer more reading for the buck. They will work closely with sister newspapers in Carlisle County and Lake County, TN.,” said publisher and president Dennis M. Richardson.
The new unified publication’s name is The Current. This regional newspaper hopes to unify the area to aid efforts as civic leaders work to develop and grow commerce and improve community lifestyles along the Mississippi River.
All present Leader, Courier and Gazette subscribers will see the name The Current atop their hometown newspaper, along with the three individual names, starting with the March 8 issue.
As current flows down the great river so news will flow to our readers. Current never stays still and neither will we. Times change. “Wrinkles are expected, but that is what irons are for. Rest assured any wrinkles will be ironed out as quickly as humanly possible.” Richardson said.
“I believe combining all the resources of three great tradition-rich newspapers will build one really strong publication,” said Richardson. “The name is to reflect the current of the river as well as current events of every nook and cranny in our readership area. We believe in the river counties. Some of the best people in Kentucky (and Tennessee) live here.”
The Current’s focus will be Hickman County, Fulton County in Kentucky and the east portion of Obion County in Tennessee.
The publication date will be Wednesday and The Current should be available early to mid-mornings. Find it at all the regular newsstands or subscribe by calling (270) 472-1122.
The physical location of The Current will be at The Fulton Leader office at 304 East State Line Road, Fulton, KY 42041.