Hobie Rogers receives the Employee of the Month award from The Daily Independent Publisher Patricia Bennett.

ASHLAND “I’d like to thank the Academy,” Hobie Rogers joked as he received his Employee of the Month plaque from The Daily Independent Publisher Patricia Bennett on Tuesday evening.

Rogers received the award for the month of November. He’d been nominated in-house multiple times throughout the year since the January inception of the honor.

Rogers’ first day on the job was June 13, 1977, when the 19-year-old Ashland graduate first got his foot into the mailroom door. Forty-two-plus years later, Rogers is still in the mailroom.

“I wish I could know what to say about this,” Rogers said while clinging to the award. “It’s great.”

Rogers has witnessed a ton of changes over four decades.

“The computer changed a lot of stuff,” he said.

Rogers passed papers in the early 1970s. He worked at the Bluegrass Grill in the mid-1970s before landing at the newspaper.

Former mailroom employees Bengy Barrett and Jim Moore “pulled some strings,” Rogers said, to get him a job.

Rogers often shows up to work hours early. Dedication and loyalty are important to him. He said he picked up good work ethic from his father and former Ashland football coaches Herb Conley and Vic Marsh.

“My dad was a railroader and he had so much love for his job,” Rogers said. “I’m proud to say I work for the paper. I wouldn’t change it for the world.”

Rogers said he hopes to work another three or four years.

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