Although we haven't been able to identify the exact start up date, this week marks the 100th year the Scott County News has provided local news coverage of Scott County this year.
"The Bell Press has had different owners over the last hundred years, but I think we all had the same goal--to bring the best reported news to Scott County," said Mike Erwin, the paper's current owner.
Scott County News was founded as a weekly paper in 1916, after the Cumberland Chronicle discontinued publication in 1915. Edward Bell, who called the company the Bell Press, was the owner.
The building that houses the paper has seen many changes in its 100 years, though it has always been located at 18289 Alberta St. in Oneida. In the 1960s, the current front office was added to the building, and in the 1970s, a house attached to the building was torn down.
Bell was editor and publisher until 1927. He was succeeded by C. W. Wright, who was editor until his death. After Wright died, his wife and his daughter, Sue Sexton, continued the publication.
Luttie Abrams followed the Wrights as editor of the paper, and Edwin Scates III was editor after Abrams.
He was followed by Audney Lloyd.
In 1976, a young man from Kingston named Richard Magyar broke onto the scene as the sports editor. Eight years later, he became the editor and served in that role until cancer claimed his life in 2003. A memorial photo of Magyar hangs in the News office to this day.
The News was without a designated editor until 2012, when Bill Skytta was promoted to the position after serving five years as sports editor and chief reporter. Skytta is only the paper's sixth editor in 100 years.
On the publishing front, Melton "Mitt" James Robbins Jr., Henry Wattenbarger and Paul Page took over as owners of Bell Press Inc. doing business as theScott County News in the 1960s. Ortha Robbins took over Mitt's owner/publisher role when he passed away. In 1993, Ortha's daughter, Shelia Robbins Erwin became the paper's owner
Mike and Rena Erwin assumed the owner/publisher responsibilities in 2010 from Shelia just two years before she lost her long battle with cancer.
On Aug. 15, 2016, Bill Skytta was designated as editor/publisher for the News by the Erwins, who maintain the ownership.
On Oct. 31, Beth Braden was added to the staff of the News as managing editor/advertising sales representative.
On Nov. 22, Scott County News will join Richard in the Scott County Hall of Fame.