Kentucky papers make the news

February 19, 2012 by  

Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. of Alabama has announced a new publisher for two of its papers in Kentucky.

Willie Sawyers, who has long been the publisher of the Sentinel-Echo, will now operate as regional publisher of newspapers in London and Corbin.

Sawyers will assume the publishing duties of Rob McCullough, once publisher of the Times-Tribune. McCullough is moving over to take the reins at the Commonwealth Journal in Somerset.

“Willie is ideally suited to be publisher of the Times Tribune. He knows this market well and has many close ties to the community,” said CNHI senior vice-president, Eddie Blakeley.

Readers of both Kentucky newspapers, in London and Corbin, will continue to enjoy their papers as usual. The two papers will remain competitors, capitalizing on advertising dollars while gathering the latest news in both markets.

“(Sawyers) is fortunate to inherit a professional, hard-working staff and a management team that has a passion for the community it serves,” Blakeley added.

Sawyers first entered the newspaper business in 1980, joining the Times-Tribune as a reporter. It took just four years to join the management team in Williamsburg at The Whitley Republican, expanding his knowledge of print media and printing services. By 1989, he started a weekly in London which was eventually bought out by CNHI, where he remained publisher.

“I worked in Corbin-Williamsburg for eight years and am looking forward to renewing old friendships, both business and personal,” Sawyers said Sawyers, president-elect of the Kentucky Press Association. “I’ve stayed current with the happenings in the community through the newspaper and through my associations.”