Funny how things are so permanent online. I moved to Paducah from the western U.S. a few years ago, and I'm not a Paxton fan. The Paxton family is thought of as a "good ol' boys" bunch around here, with their hands in everything locally.
To be fair, in a small town (I think McCracken county here has about 60,000 people) it's hard not to be related to everyone else in some way, because that's just how small towns work. But the paper tends to come across as a skinflint organization (for a while you had to be a subscriber to view the classifieds online, not something I'd heard of before), and grapevine news was that they decided to stop giving an adspace discount to non-profits. I think that's changed since more than a few people pointed out it would actually shut down a few local charities (like the "meals-on-wheels" food bank for seniors and shut ins).
I've met a few people who work/worked for them, and only one person was happy about it (he's in a fairly well paid administrative position, and is fairly crusty himself, so that made sense). I'm guessing this is a fairly common situation with small town papers. Fortunately for other small towns (and Durham), through the homogenization that corporatism brings, the Boss Hog paper that is the Paducah Sun can be enjoyed elsewhere too!
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