Thank you, Montgomery County.

You hold in your hands our one-year anniversary edition. There were those who told us that we’d never survive a year. There were others who said we didn’t stand a chance. Yet to paraphrase a line from singer Elton John, we’re still standing!

Yeah, yeah, yeah.

The concept behind our newspaper has always been simple. We want to give Montgomery County a locally owned newspaper.

Why? After all, what’s the big deal whether or not The Paper is owned by somebody right here or 500 miles away?

First is accountability. All of our owners and employees live and work right here in Montgomery County. Heck, the vast majority were raised here. That means they care about what happens here. It’s not like the Target store who seemed to care a lot about this community until they made a corporate decision to close the doors and move away. When your children go to school here you care about safety and education issues. When your parents retire here, you care about ensuring the well being of the community.

When you go to the grocery store or to church, you care that the business you represent is doing the right things as perceived by your friends and neighbors. When you have to look someone in the eye in your pew, that’s accountability.

Next is ensuring our future. The Paper has invested heavily in this county -- Invested to the tune of more than $70,000! No other local media can say that. Don’t get us wrong. We’re not bragging, just stating a fact. We’ve invested in this community because it helps make all of our tomorrows a little better. We give because we can and we give because it’s the right thing to do.

Other media could do the same, but choose not to.

So, here we all are, one year into this new newspaper and new company. Since we began with nothing more than a dream, we’ve grown into a three-publication company. We have our daily Paper of Montgomery County, the Weekly of West-Central Indiana and a legal publication, For The Record.

We’ve grown and we’ve survived because of you Montgomery County. Without you, we would not be here. Thank you for believing in us. Thank you for sharing your ideas and for helping to make us a paper and a company that is constantly improving. And lastly, thank you for allowing us into your homes, for allowing us to serve you.

In the end, that’s really what matters.