Kentucky New Era

The Kentucky New Era is the major daily newspaper in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, in the United States.

Kentucky New Era
TypeDaily newspaper
Owner(s)Paxton Media Group
PublisherTaylor W. Hayes
EditorEli Pace
Headquarters1618 E. Ninth Street Hopkinsville


The paper was founded in 1869 by John D. Morris and Asher Graham Caruth, as the Weekly Kentucky New Era.[2][3][4][5]

In 1881, attorney Hunter Wood (1845–1920)[6] became sole owner of the paper.[2] Daily publication began in 1888, although the weekly also continued publication until World War II.[4] Since 1920, it has been the only newspaper published in Hopkinsville.[5]

In 1997, Hunter Wood's great-great-grandson, Taylor Wood Hayes, became CEO and publisher of the paper.[2]

In November 2018, it was announced that the New Era, along with four other papers owned by the family, would be sold to Paxton Media Group.[7]

Notable storiesEdit

Among the most bizarre incidents reported on by the New Era is the celebrated Kelly–Hopkinsville encounter with aliens in August 1955.[8][9]

TV 43Edit

From its founding in 1983 through 2004, Kentucky New Era, Inc. also owned and operated local low-power TV station WKAG-CA.[10][11]


  1. ^ "Total Circ for US Newspapers". Alliance for Audited Media. March 31, 2013. Archived from the original on March 6, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c Brief History of Kentucky New Era, Inc., Kentucky New Era website, Retrieved March 31, 2010
  3. ^ "The Second 100 Years". Kentucky New Era. October 7, 1969. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  4. ^ a b Todd County Kentucky, Family History (1995)(ISBN 978-1563111709)
  5. ^ a b Mary D. Ferguson (October 6, 1979). "New Book Tells Story of Paper". Kentucky New Era. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  6. ^ Couper, William (ed.) The Corps Forward p.241 (2005) (ISBN 978-0976823827)
  7. ^ "Kentucky New Era sells to Paxton Media Group". Kentucky New Era. November 30, 2018. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
  8. ^ "It Came From Kelly". Kentucky New Era. August 15, 2005. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  9. ^ Geraldine Sutton Stith Alien Legacy (2007) (ISBN 978-1425984168)
  10. ^ Melony Leazer (June 1, 2004). "Station Manager Buys TV-43". Kentucky New Era. Retrieved March 31, 2010.
  11. ^ "Low-Power TV Gains Strength". The New York Times. May 14, 1990. Retrieved March 31, 2010.

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