Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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April 25, 2006

About Us

Our mission ...

We are dedicated to providing our communities with a trusted source of useful information and pledge to do whatever it takes to satisfy our customers. Your newspaper... Our commitment.

We are here ...

Located in the northeastern corner of Kentucky, on the banks of the beautiful Ohio River.

Our History ...

The Daily Independent in Ashland traces its history to Dec. 17, 1896, as a continuously published daily newspaper.

The first edition, however, appeared in a different city and under a different nameplate.

There were predecessors in Ashland - both weeklies and dailies - but today few records remain to properly document the earliest newspapers, their editors and publication dates.

The newspaper that was to become The Daily Independent appeared initially in Catlettsburg under the nameplate, the Tri-State Independent.

The publisher was G.F. Friel, and with that first edition on Dec. 17, 1896, Friel launched an operation that was to continue in Boyd¹s county seat for the next four years.

In 1900, Friel was persuaded to move the newspaper to Ashland.

The equipment was set up in a building on Greenup Avenue between 11th and 12th streets, and eight to 10 women were employed to set type by hand. The newspaper¹s first press was fed by hand and driven by a water motor.

Subsequently, the now-renamed Ashland Daily Independent absorbed the Ashland Daily News and the Ashland Commercial.

In 1910, Friel sold half-interest in the Ashland Independent Publishing Co. to Colonel B.F. Forgey, who had been associated with the newspaper the previous seven years as an editor.

Forgey was a native of Lawrence County, Ohio, and during these early years at The Independent maintained his residence in Ironton, Ohio, where he also edited the Ironton Register.

This division of responsibilities between both sides of the river was not destined to last. Forgey soon turned his full attention to the operation in Ashland and became the person chiefly responsible for the growth of the newspaper.

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    We are dedicated to providing our communities with a trusted source of useful information and pledge to do whatever it takes to satisfy our customers. Your newspaper... Our commitment.

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