Licking Valley Courier covers tornado that destroyed its newsroom
This week’s Licking Valley Courier came out a day later than usual, but the West Liberty, Ky., paper had a pretty good reason: Its offices, and the house of publisher Earl Kinner, were destroyed by a tornado Friday that left five dead. Kinner was rescued and, once in a shelter, he and reporter Miranda M. Cantrell began interviewing other people who had survived the twister. The Courier joined Facebook on Tuesday and began publishing pictures of the storm damage in West Liberty and news about disaster relief. The Mount Sterling Advocate, headquartered 49 miles away in Mount Sterling, printed this week’s special tornado print edition.

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  • Al Cross

    Actually, Miranda says she didn’t interview victims. As the story indicates, Earl did that in his temporary housing at the shelter.

  • Al Cross

    The Courier has no press of its own and normally prints in Mount Sterling. At a news conference yesterday, the top local official held up a copy of the paper as a sign that the community will come back: