MOUNT VERNON — This is National Newspaper Week and this year’s theme “Newspapers — The Cornerstone of Your Community” aptly describes the Mount Vernon News.
“Throughout Ohio and America, newspapers still matter. And they matter a lot,” said Dennis R. Hetzel, executive director of the Ohio Newspaper Association. “By far, newspapers generate the most accurate, credible and useful information that citizens want and need in their local communities. And imagine how lost search engines, local bloggers, Facebook and hundreds of other content outlets would be without the newspaper-produced articles that generate hundreds of thousands of links.”
Hetzel noted, “National Newspaper Week is the perfect time to reflect upon the importance of newspapers and support them. Ohio’s newspaper organizations continue to innovate and evolve, and we plan to serve our communities for many, many years to come.”
Kay Culbertson, the publisher at the Mount Vernon News since 1992, began her career at the paper in the camera and plate rooms in 1973.
One of her priorities is the special edition, Newspapers In Education. “We, in cooperation with our community, put newspapers in schools. Teachers use the newspapers as tools for learning,” she explained.
“It’s important to get children involved in reading the newspaper. The news will play a tremendous influence in their lives whether they know it or not.”
Her late husband, Bill Culbertson, was a fourth-generation newspaper publisher and she feels that family history is a significant tie to the community.
“We are one of the very few family-owned, independent newspapers left in Ohio,” she said. “That local ownership helps us focus on local news and the people in the news.”
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