Sunday, October 29, 2006

Changing of the Guard in Local Media

It was announced recently that The Flemingsburg Gazette has been sold to Barker Publications LLC by Townsend Publications of Flemingsburg. The local weekly newspaper has served the Flemingsburg community for more than 100 years. The new publisher, Garry Barker, is a talented Kentucky writer, author of 9 published books, and writes the "Head of the Holler" column, a newspaper column that has run in regional newspapers since 1988 (see: Kentucky Author: Garry Barker from our February 2006 Issue).

More than just a swapping of editors, however, this sale is part of a wider change in the faces of local media that has been unfolding over the past several years. For those paying attention, we saw Betty Coutant, former news editor of the Ledger Independent, leave to start her own publication. The position of news editor was then filled by Danetta Barker. Danetta Barker, wife of Garry Barker, will now be leaving the Ledger to fill the shoes of editor at the Gazette. This means that the Ledger Independent will have a new news editor before too long (if they don't already). Confusing? Don't worry, all you need to know is that Garfield is still drawn and written by Jim Davis.

posted at 4:52 PM by Jeremy Parnell

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