The Harlan Daily Enterprise

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Harlan Enterprise
TypeWeekly newspaper
Owner(s)Boone Newspapers
PublisherRita Haldeman
EditorMarisa Anders

The Harlan Enterprise, a twice-weekly newspaper serving Harlan County, in the U.S. state of Kentucky, with a circulation of 6,000, was first published in 1901 as The Harlan Enterprise and began publishing in 1928 as The Harlan Daily Enterprise. Now publishing on Wednesdays and Saturdays, it has reverted to its original name. [1] Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

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Harlan County, Kentucky county in Kentucky, United States

Harlan County is a county located in southeastern Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,278. Its county seat is Harlan.

U.S. state constituent political entity of the United States

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The newspaper is named in honor of the city and county which it serves. Those entities were named for Silas Harlan who was killed in 1782 while leading the advance party at the Battle of Blue Licks, the last major battle of the American Revolutionary War. Harlan is a distant relative of U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Marshall Harlan.

Battle of Blue Licks battle

The Battle of Blue Licks, fought on August 19, 1782, was one of the last battles of the American Revolutionary War. The battle occurred ten months after Lord Cornwallis's surrender at Yorktown, which had effectively ended the war in the east. On a hill next to the Licking River in what is now Robertson County, Kentucky, a force of about 50 American and Canadian Loyalists along with 300 American Indians ambushed and routed 182 Kentucky militiamen. It was the last victory for the Loyalists and Indians during the frontier war.

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History and demographics of Harlan County have presented both challenges and opportunities for the editorial staff of the newspaper as the coal-mining region it serves has been the site of labor disputes and a series of "boom and bust" cycles; a declining population since its highest level of 75,275 in the 1940 census down to 33,202 in the 2000 census with an estimate that the 2009 population has declined to 30,783, a 7.3% decline while the rest of Kentucky has an estimated growth of 5.6%; significant welfare rolls with an estimated 29.3% of residents living below the poverty level; and clearly divided socioeconomic classes.

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The Harlan Daily Enterprise was founded in 1901. It was locally owned until 1970, when it was sold to Worrell Newspapers of Charlottesville, Virginia. [2] The New York Times Company acquired the Enterprise and seven other dailies from Worrell Newspapers in 1982. [3] In 1990, the Times Company sold the Enterprise and the Middlesboro Daily News to American Publishing Company, later renamed Hollinger International. [4] In 1998, the Enterprise was part of a 45-paper sale by Hollinger to Community Newspaper Holdings. [5] In 2004, the Enterprise was part of a 22-paper sale by CNHI to Heartland Publications. [6] In 2012 Versa Capital Management merged Heartland, Ohio Community Media, former Freedom papers it had acquired, and Impressions Media into a new company, Civitas Media. [7] Civitas Media sold the Enterprise and the Middlesboro Daily News to Boone Newspapers in 2017. [8]

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  2. The History of The Enterprise
  3. N.Y. Times Company Is Acquiring The Enterprise, Other Newspapers
  4. Newspaper Company Places Emphasis On Local Coverage
  5. Company's newspaper acquisitions not slowing down
  6. Enterprise among 22 papers sold to Heartland
  7. Business Wire, Versa Capital Announces the Formation of Civitas Media, LLC , retrieved April 10, 2017
  8. "Quarterly Updates - 3rd Quarter 2017". Dirks, Van Essen & Murray. 2017-09-30. Retrieved 2017-10-28.