From the Cumberland County News
The torch is being passed.
Jeff Jobe, owner of a small group of locally owned newspapers in the southern Kentucky region has agreed to help transition Patsy Judd’s final newspaper into his family’s business. He said, “Patsy and I have been friends and have had a business relationship for the better part of two decades.” Jobe feels that as community newspaper owners he and Patsy have chosen to partner in the past and share resources instead of compete because “we want to do all we can to continue a local news traditions that many communities have lost.”
Judd has owned the Cumberland County News since 1982 and at one time had ownership of the Russell County Times Journal, the Edmonton Herald News and the Citizen Statesman (Celina, TN) as well.
The publishers competed in Metcalfe County at one time but chose to help one another instead of fight. So they agreed on terms and Jobe took ownership of the Edmonton paper a little over 15 years ago and three years ago they moved the Russell County paper into the Jobe operation. He and Judd agree that working together for the communities they serve is certainly better than competing with one another.
The Cumberland County News is a good fit because the Jobe print team has been printing it already for a few years. The local staff and the Jobe employees have a good working relationship and this is why Judd feels comfortable with having them work together and move into the future. Jobe has newspapers that have served local communities since as far back as 1865 and the 99-year history of the Cumberland County News fits so well with what their local community editors do in Russell Springs, Edmonton, Glasgow, Morgantown, Horse Cave, Munfordville, Burkesville and Brownsville.
Judd said, “It was an honor to have the opportunity to publish the newspaper for this community for 38 years. I appreciate the support of the advertisers, the subscribers and the newspaper staff through the years who made the publication possible.” She added, “I feel good about turning the newspaper over to Jeff Jobe. He has a proven track record of publishing excellent newspapers in communities across southern Kentucky. He will keep our citizens informed and promote Cumberland County in every way possible.”
Jeff Jobe is also the 2020 Kentucky Press Association president.