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Welch Daily News to continue production


WELCH, W.Va. (WVVA) Their reporters were there at the height of coal and during its darkest hour. They were there to capture the hope of residents in 1959 when John F. Kennedy campaigned in Welch. And they will be there on Monday after an eleventh hour decision to continue production.

"At least we're going to make it to 100 years. We've received such feedback from our community and the whole state due to the historical implications of this paper," said Publisher Melissa Nester. 

Just days after announcing a decision to stop the presses for the last time, Nester said Friday that production of the Welch Daily News will continue. As for what led to the decision to continue after 91 years, Nester credited the people.

"A lot of the population is elderly. They don't understand technology but they understand the newspaper. Those were very sad calls." 

Northfork reader Robert Mitchell was pleased to hear the news on Friday. "A lot of people around here depend on it and look forward to it. My grandfather is 84. This is how he keeps up with things around here." 

In recent years, the Welch Daily News has made plenty of national headlines. One of their former reporters, Jeanette Walls, wrote the New York Times best selling book 'The Glass Castle.' In 2017, the book was made into a blockbuster movie featuring Woody Harrelson and Brie Larson.  And just last week, Nester and the Welch Daily News were featured on an episode of Anthony Bordain's 'Parts Unknown' on CNN.

Despite all the big moments the paper has covered over the last decades, Nester said it is the small ones that  make the paper special -- capturing the hearts, smiles, and people that make up McDowell County.

"We have cried so many tears of happiness and sadness this week and we're happy we get to end it with tears of joy." 


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