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About Us

Welcome to the online version of The Big Sandy News.

The Big Sandy News, Eastern Kentucky's oldest newspaper and the most widely circulated non-daily in Kentucky, was established in 1885 in Louisa, Ky.

For many years, The BSN was the only newspaper in the Big Sandy region of Eastern Kentucky, and it covered news from Pikeville to Ashland.

In the early 1900's, as other community newspapers sprang up throughout the region, The BSN pulled in its reins and became a one town, one county paper, concentrating its coverage on Louisa and Lawrence County.

But, in May 2001, The Big Sandy News reclaimed its place as the Big Sandy region's news leader.

Merging in May with Martin County's Sun, a weekly serving Inez, and opening a fully staffed bureau in Paintsville, to serve Johnson County, The Big Sandy News launched it first regional edition.

In the following year, The BSN opened a fully staffed news and business bureau in Prestonsburg to serve Floyd County.

Almost overnight, The BSN grew from a small weekly newspaper to a 12,000 circulation multi-weekly, publishing Wednesdays and Fridays.

There is no other paper in all of Kentucky like The BSN, which now covers news from operating bureaus in Lawrence County and Johnson County.

Our sister publication, The Tri-Rivers Advertiser, is mailed to 20,000 homes every Saturday.

The Advertiser reaches EVERY HOUSEHOLD by direct mail in Lawrence, Martin and Johnson counties in Kentucky and Wayne County in West Virginia.

The Big Sandy News was purchased by WCM Investments in March 2008.

In 2009 The Big Sandy News returned to a weekly format, publishing on Wednesday.

The Big Sandy News is owned and operated by people who are dedicated to the region.

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