In Feb. 23 issue, Russell County News By David Davenport Publisher
We are extremely proud to bring you the first of a new and entertaining Russell County News this weekend with our Feb. 23 issue.
The Russell County News for the past several years has been serving the area as a free shoppers guide. The Russell County News will continue to serve this concept but with the addition of carrying news and feature stories.
It is our desire to create a publication that will not only be informative in many ways but will bring you interesting and informative columns and features.
The Russell County News has the longest history of continuous publication of any newspaper in the county. It was founded in 1913 and to our knowledge has been in continuous publication since that date.
We became personally involved with the Russell County News in 1981 when we purchased the newspaper and combined it with The Times Journal to cover the news of Russell County.
Even with the joint publication endeavor with The Times Journal, we felt it was critical to keep the individual identity of the Russell County News and to maintain a visible and supportive presence in Jamestown with an office and staff.
When we sold the two newspapers in 1990 it was then the decision of the new owners to transform the Russell County News into a free publication, close the Jamestown office and change the format to that of a shopper’s guide.
The new owners were not very successful with the way they chose to direct the two newspapers with a big-city operational design and very little visible community concern and involvement.
We again obtained ownership of The Times Journal and Russell County News in 2001 and we are very thankful and appreciative for the response of the readers and advertisers as they have returned these newspapers to the status of being the leading publications of the area.
We are very appreciative of the community support given to us and the staff.
The Times Journal has been revamped with new designs and features coupled with community involvement and a dedication to the reporting of the news.
This week you will begin to see the first of the transformation of the Russell County News. It will be a lengthy process but many changes will be forthcoming.
The first thing you will notice is the fact the Russell County News will again take a visible and individual identity in the community as we have opened an office in the building located between The Bank of Jamestown and The Russell County Courthouse. This is the front section of the Atty. H. K. Cooper building and the former location of the Child Support Office.
We feel like the newspaper deserves the return to its birthplace while serving the county.
The Russell County News originated in 1913 under the leadership of L. G. Bernard and Grant Anderson.
It was later sold to B. E. Gaskin and in 1944 came under the ownership and leadership of Buel Gaskin and Ben V. Sharp.
It was under the direction of Ben V. Sharp the Russell County News served Jamestown and Russell County with a most impressive era in the history of our county newspapers.
Ben Sharp was a newspaper man totally dedicated to the print he was publishing each and every week.
It is with fond memories and honor to Ben Sharp that we return it to a prominent role in serving Russell County.
At first you will notice a change to a colorful and informative front page along with the inclusion of several new features and columns. The Russell County News will coordinate with The Times Journal in keeping news on a timely basis but will place a strong emphasis on features.
We are especially proud and pleased to announce one such feature which will be the writings of Barbara Sharp Zimmerman.
She is the daughter of the late Ben Sharp and in her early years spent many hours working with her Dad in the publication of the Russell County News. We feel very honored to have her involvement and expertise back at work for this community.
The Russell County News will remain to be a total circulation publication with a Saturday dateline.
We hope all of you will enjoy the new Russell County News and we invite you to share your ideas and suggestion as we take on the renovation of this community newspaper.
Drop by our new office in Jamestown to leave any news article, announcement or advertisement you wish included in the Russell County News or The Times Journal. You may call our new office at 343-5700 or our Russell Springs number at 866-3191.
You will also want to check out our new website at Russell County.net which will include many of these features. You will especially want to see our new live webcam which shows the Jamestown square, live at any time you wish to visit the web site.
Again, we appreciate your past support and we certainly solicit and look forward to your involvement in the future.
The Times Journal is a weekly newspaper issued on Thursdays. It was first published on October 13, 1949, by Andrew J. and Terry Norfleet.
P.O. Box 190
120 Wilson St.
Russell Springs KY 42642
Russell County News is a weekly newspaper issued on Saturdays, and is mailed free to every address in Russell County, Ky. It was first published on February 1, 1913.
404 Monument Square
Jamestown KY 42629