OAK HILL — Beginning with the Thursday, May 12 edition, the two community weeklies serving Fayette County will merge.
After a run of more than 82 years, the May 5 edition of the Montgomery Herald is the last story to be published in the city.
The first edition of the Montgomery Herald was published on Friday, August 9, 1940.
Also on that day, according to the takemeback.to website, “The US President was Franklin D. Roosevelt (Democrat), the British Prime Minister was Winston Churchill (Conservative), Pope Pius XII led the Catholic Church. Famous people born on this day include Beverlee McKinsey and Volker Hauff. Foreign Correspondent, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, was one of the most watched films released in 1940.
In Montgomery, RE Bailey was appointed to fill a vacant seat on the Montgomery City Council left by the death of C. E. Catlett, national defense courses were offered at New River State, the city and the Works Project administration worked together to build the town’s swimming pool and an incinerator, President EF Applestine and Secretary FR Clark of the Montgomery Rotary Club attended a meeting of Rotary leaders in Charleston, a 37-year-old woman from Montgomery was sentenced to 12 months in Fayette County Jail for cruelty to a young woman who was housed in her home as a state ward, the Fayette County School Board announced new hires, and New River State received $200,000 to build a new industrial arts building.
The Herald was founded by Luther S. Montgomery after the closure of the previous newspaper, The Montgomery News. Montgomery died in 1943 and the journal was published soon after his death until it was sold to JK Holliday in December 1944.
The Herald and The Fayette Tribune of Oak Hill are among the newspapers owned by CNHI LLC, a leading provider of local news and information, offering a wide range of print and digital products in 22 states. Other West Virginia newspapers owned by the company are Beckley’s The Register-Herald, Bluefield’s Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Fairmont’s Times West Virginian, and Princeton’s Princeton Times.
The merger of the two Fayette County newspapers will lead to a larger print product that will serve all of Fayette County, from Montgomery to Meadow Bridge and Gauley Bridge to Mount Hope.
The Fayette Tribune will be published on Thursdays each week and will feature some old favorites like a dedicated education page, as well as new features including puzzles, a history section and entertainment news.
Terri Hale, general manager of CNHI in West Virginia, looks forward to the transition.
“We’re really excited to bring The Montgomery Herald and The Fayette Tribune together to have a bigger, more informative product for our community. We hope our readers enjoy it and if they feel like we are missing something please contact us and let the editor know,” she said earlier this week.
“(Editor) Cheryl (Keenan) has been working really hard to bring back some old favorites and we’re going to bring some exciting new features, such as a puzzle page. »
Later this year, The Fayette Tribune will celebrate its 125th year of service to Fayette County readers.
For more, pick up a copy of next week’s edition of The Fayette Tribune, or email Gary Stafford of the Mailing Service at [email protected], Debbie Maxwell for publicity at [email protected] or Keenan at [email protected]
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