MOUNT VERNON — In this age of instant communications, 24/7 radio and television sound bites and real time access to international happenings through the Internet, the Mount Vernon News continues to be the preferred source of local information for our readers. An informal poll of subscribers found that keeping up with local events is the main reason many of them regularly read the paper.
Danville’s Helen Kaylor and her husband have been getting the Mount Vernon News for about 60 years.
“I have a computer and could get the news on my computer,” she said. “My husband doesn’t do the computer and he reads every word in the Mount Vernon News. I think it’s good to keep up with the local news. It keeps you up on countywide news. I think this day and age you need to know what’s going on in your county. It’s nice to read about the changes that are being made; it gives you an incentive to go and visit that place and see what’s going on in that area of the county.”
One recent subscriber to the News is Dwight Gibler. He has gotten the paper just since last month.
“I’m retired now,” he said when asked what motivated him to subscribe to the News. “Now I have time to read it. I just retired recently and with the fast-paced life of work I never really had time to sit down and read it, and now I do. I’ve lived in this area about 40 years and I like catching up on the local news.
“I like looking at the obituaries to make sure I haven’t died,” he confessed with a chuckle.
Pamela Jensen said she is an on-again, off-again subscriber to the News, but she always come back to the paper.
“I found I was missing some of the developments in town,” she said, “and maybe an event or two that I wanted to know about, or projects that were slated for the city of Mount Vernon that I wanted to know about or what’s happening in the schools, that sort of thing. It makes you feel more part of town. I think it’s a good paper and informative. I’m happy that I’m getting it now. I do feel more in touch.”
Tom Wilson, 89, Mount Vernon, has subscribed to the Mount Vernon News since 1946. “I really look forward to getting the paper,” he said. “I really enjoy it.”
Having been an automobile dealer in the community for 40 years, Wilson became acquainted with a lot of people over the years. The people is what a local paper is all about, Wilson said. “It’s interesting to me, having the knowledge of these people,” he said. “A lot of them, of course, are leaving us now. ... We are living in a transient society, with people moving constantly. Connection with the community is important and keeping abreast of what’s going on. The News helps with that.”
Like Kaylor, Gibler and Jensen, Wilson believe it is important to have a local news source.
“The national news you can get on television,” he explained, “but the paper tells about city council and activities in town. I’m interested in what’s going on. For instance, the Mazza buildings and stuff like that that interests me. I sold the lot to Mazza for the liquor store, and my father bought a new Hudson in the Mazza building, then called the Levering Building, in 1927. I’m interested in the widening of the (Sandusky and Chestnut) intersection because I used to work at Coopers. The stories about the brick streets — that’s interesting. ... The bricks that I rode my bicycle on down East Vine Street in 1935 are still there.”
While everyone agreed local news is important, the favorite section of the paper is different for each individual with whom the News spoke.
Gibler said he likes the obituaries, and Jensen likes page one.
“I do like the special sections, for instance, on the Heart of Ohio Tour,” Jensen said, “and sometimes the entertainment section. I do concentrate on the first part of the paper; the first page and follow ups.”
Kaylor likes the sports section. She said, “You’ve been doing a fine job with our sports. I’d really like to commend you on how you’ve done the Danville football team coverage.”
“I do read the ads in the paper,” Wilson said, “and the inserts are interesting. I read [Radius] that Kay (Culbertson, News publisher) writes.”
Kaylor likes the Radius as well. “I enjoy reading about the trips that the staff takes,” she said. “A lot of times we’ve gone to check them out ourselves.”
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