Adam Black, Editor
The Ashland Beacon
For the last eight years, The Greater Ashland Beacon has been there for every exciting moment in our community.
Under the ownership of Philip and Lora Stewart and Jason and Kimberly Smith, just this year alone the newspaper has been awarded the Community Service Award by the Rose Hill Royals and earned 12 awards from the Kentucky Press Association.
While the awards are flattering, our biggest achievement lives in the scrapbooks that our pictures have been pasted into, and the school bulletin boards where our articles are hung up with thumb tacks. We have become part of the community and many families, and that is an honor that we never take for granted.
“We’ve always been more than just a newspaper,” Philip Stewart said. “We try to be a part of everything that happens in our community because this is where we live, and these are our neighbors.”
Over the last eight years, the Beacon has covered some unforgettable stories including traveling with an honor flight, sharing the letters from Elliot Gollihue, written while he was overseas and countless other stories. These stories not only shared the experience with the community but became a part of family history that can be shared for generations.
“Those stories have been some of my favorite ones,” Stewart said. “They were not only special to me, but to the families as well.”
Looking back at the paper’s eight years of success, Stewart is still in awe of how the community has supported the venture.
“We had no idea if it would work or not, but it has become something much more than a newspaper,” Stewart said. “None of it would be possible without all our loyal advertisers and supporters.”
Along with advertisers and supporters, Stewart also attributes the paper’s success to the people around him.
“With the right people, look what you can accomplish,” Stewart said.
With each year passing, The Greater Ashland Beacon has continued to grow while many others have come to fold. Stewart said he believes the paper is thriving because of its focus on hyper-local news and events, along with its local columnists and creative content.
“It’s positive news that people want to read,” Stewart said. “We are so thankful for our readers and hope to continue bringing you the news that will pick you up!”
As the Ashland Beacon moves into its next year, we have even more plans of growing the paper’s online presence.
“We are looking forward to the future, and cannot wait to see what the Ashland area will accomplish over the next eight years” Stewart said. “It is our pleasure to stay involved with the community.”