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Weekly publication continues to cover hometown news

By Staff | Oct 4, 2017

CAROL SHETLER/The Luminary Holding issues of The Luminary in observance of National Newspaper Week, are some in attendance at a recent meeting of the Montgomery Area Historical Society. They include (front left-right): Gary Steele, Nancy Gruver, Kaydee Miller, (back row): James Carey, Cathy Buck, Tony Visco and Steve Huddy.    

MONTGOMERY – “Local Newspapers Trusted” read the headlines this week, according to a poll taken in August by The News Media Alliance. The polling found 41 percent of the population still trusts the local news outlets. The Alliance went on to say, “This comes when trust in national news is waning in the national scene, but it hasn’t reflected the viewpoint for local news.”

Annually, National Newspaper Week is held, this year from October 1 through 7. Its 2017 theme is “Real Newspapers . . . Real News.” Papers have a real relevance and underscore that they are the leading providers of news in print or in palms via mobile devices.

The Luminary has many faithful readers, including Ruth Montgomery. Formerly of Hughesville, this longtime subscriber of 37 years keeps her finger on the pulse of communities in the eastern end of Lycoming County.

Since 1841, The Muncy Luminary has been found in many households. First a publication featuring Muncy, it took up where newspapers left off in Hughesville and Montgomery. Those papers were known as the Hughesville Mail and the Montgomery Mirror.

In a telephone canvas some time ago, “Peeks of the Past” was named a favorite part of the paper. Local sports coverage is another reason given for purchasing The Luminary. This hometown local newspaper appreciates any input and patronage. There are close to 2,000 dedicated readers.

Today the Pennsylvania News Media is hosting National Newspaper Week at the state Capitol in Harrisburg. Legislators will meet to advance the PNA’s legislative agenda.