Voice Staff Report
The McCreary County Voice, Inc. announced today, August 25, 2022, will be the last issue published by Patricia Stephens. The Voice has sold the assets of the newspaper to The Adair Progress, Inc. of Columbia, KY. The Adair Progress will take over the operations of The Voice on Monday, August 29th and will retain the use of the name.
The day-to-day operations of The Voice will remain in the county with a local office and with the same familiar staff. The Adair Progress, a regional corporation, publishes newspapers in Wayne, Adair, Russell and now McCreary Counties. Their newspapers are committed to covering the local news that is important to the communities they serve.
“It was important that the County will continue to have a community paper dedicated to reporting McCreary County’s news and events,” Patricia Stephens, Publisher stated. “I’m also very pleased that the staff, Suzie, Eugenia, Derek and Shane, will remain in their positions in a local office.”
The McCreary County Voice published it’s first issue in November 2000 dedicated to reporting news fairly, factually and with out opinion while shining a light on our youth and local people. During the next 21 ½ years The Voice grew into an award winning newspaper. Among the many awards The Voice received was First Place General Excellence 10 years in succession, the highest award given from the Kentucky Press Association in a statewide competition. The Voice was also the first newspaper in the state to become completely digitized.
“It takes a special talent and dedication to put a newspaper together every week, meet the deadline, get it printed and delivered. Fortunately, Eugenia Jones, Suzanna Martinez, Derek Dobbs, Shane Gilreath and Mayrene Howard competently perform their job and work together each week to build a good paper focused on local events,” Stephens said.
Suzanna Martinez has been with The Voice longer than any other employee. “ Suzie and I have worked together for 21 years. We have laughed and cried together, stayed up all night putting the paper together and celebrated together. Some things and people you never forget,” Stephens stated.
“I greatly appreciate and would like to express my gratitude to our subscribers, advertisers and readers who have supported The Voice over the last 21 years, many of whom have supported this newspaper from the beginning.” Stephens said. “I’m leaving the newspaper in good hands and look forward to reading many more issues of The Voice.”