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October 30, 2013

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LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —

The editor/publisher of a newspaper has a grave responsibility to his readers to report the news clearly and factually.  Editorially, most of them push their own political and social agendas. Russell Dyche was an admitted Republican, but at the time he ran the paper, so was almost every other voter in Laurel County.  One would have to assume that he represented the majority of his readers well in his time.  Today, if he wanted to fairly represent all his subscribers, he might have to modernize his viewpoint along with his equipment.           

There are those who believe that newspapering gets in your blood and certainly that blood seems to have coursed through the veins of the Dyche family.  Laurel County owes them a debt.  Without their tenacity in gathering and printing the news, much of the history of our county would have been lost.  And that would be a shame.

The Laurel County Historical Society has in its library a copy of Dyche’s book as well as many old and crumbling copies of the actual newspapers.  Come check us out.

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The historical society is still seeking interviews with Laurel Countians who are over the age of 80 who would be willing to leave a record of their life in the society’s archives. Subjects are only asked to answer a few questions about their childhood and youth and their connection to Laurel County. 

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The Laurel County Historical Society is located at 310 W. 3rd St., London, (formerly the Laurel County Health Department).  The library is open on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.  For further information, contact 606-864-0607 during library hours, or 606-224-3767 at other times.  Email the society at lchistsoc@windstream.net or Jan Sparkman at sparkman935@gmail.com.

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