HAZARD – State Representative Fitz Steele issued a citation this week recognizing the Hazard Herald’s 100th anniversary.
Rep. Steele delivered the citation in person to the Herald’s office on Monday.
The Herald celebrated its 100th year in business on June 22, 2011, having been founded by attorney Bailey P. Wootton as a successor to The Mountaineer newspaper.
Rep. Steele’s citation reads as follows:
The House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Kentucky hereby recognizes and honors the owners, staff and employees of The Hazard Herald as this esteemed newspaper celebrated its 100th Anniversary on June 22, 2011. Founded by prominent local lawyer and statesman Bailey P. Wootton, who went on to serve for a term as the Kentucky Attorney General in the 1930s, this exceptional periodical has consistently provided its customers with essential local, state, national and international news while also serving to officially document the many important events in the lives of its citizens in this beloved community including the arrival of the first train to Hazard Depot in 1912; the tragic flood of 1927 that devastated the county; the Hazard High School Boys Basketball Team’s path to the State Championship; and, uncounted other notable and unique events while continuing to stay abreast of the many technological innovations in the industry including the use of color printing and most recently, operating an online site for the paper. Inasmuch as all those associated with this esteemed business have throughout the years demonstrated a profound dedication to journalistic integrity while providing a fundamental service to its customers and enhancing the economic vitality of the Perry County community, the members of this august body are delighted to join with Representative Fitz Steele in applauding all those associated with The Hazard Herald on this notable occasion and in extending best wishes for continued success and good fortune.