January 2001, Carter and Sarah Newton assumed total ownership of Galena
Gazette Publications Inc., the parent corporation of The Galena
Carter began working at The Gazette in December 1979 as managing editor.
In January 1982, he became a partner in the newspaper operation joining
Robert and Frances Melvold and Sam and Fran Byers as stockholders in
the corporation. Sarah joined the company in 1983 managing the firm's
Main Street newspaper museum.
In December 1985, the Newtons assumed publisher roles when they purchased the Byers' interest in the newspaper.
Carter is a native of Muskegon, Mich., graduating from Mona Shores High
School in 1973; and Grinnell College, Grinnell, Iowa, with a bachelor's
degree in history in 1977. He then worked for newspapers based in
Zearing, Iowa; West Burlington, Iowa; and Mediapolis, Iowa; where he
worked in all facets of newspaper publishing.
Sarah graduated from Galena High School in 1976 and spent a year as an
exchange student in Scotland before attending Illinois State University
in Normal where she graduated with a degree in paralegal studies.
In May 2015, Jay and Hillary Dickerson became shareholders in Galena
Gazette Publications, Inc., along with P. Carter and Sarah Newton, who
had been sole owners of the weekly newspaper since 2001.
Buying into a newspaper business seemed a perfect fit for Jay and
Hillary, whose story largely revolves around the printed word.
The two met in 1998, while working together on the Monmouth College
student newspaper, The Courier. Hillary was editor of the college
publication, and Jay the news editor.
Jay graduated from Monmouth in December 1999, earning a degree in
communications and theater arts and English. He began his newspaper
career as a reporter for the Grant County Herald Independent in
Lancaster, Wis. After just a couple months he became editor of the
Tri-County Press in Cuba City, Wis.
Hillary earned her degree in history from Monmouth in May 2000. She took
her first real-world job as a reporter for the Republican Journal in
Newly married, the Dickersons moved to Gaylord, Mich., in April 2001.
Jay served as features publications editor for the Gaylord Herald Times.
Hillary was a staff writer, covering the Gaylord Community School
District and other general assignments. For her investigative reporting
on the handling of district grants, Hillary was awarded the Michigan
Education Association's School Bell Award in 2003.
With a desire to be closer to family, the Dickersons returned to
southwest Wisconsin in April 2003. Hillary became editor of the
Republican Journal, a position she held for eight-and-a-half-years. Jay
became editor of The Galena Gazette in May 2003.
In August 2011, Hillary accepted the editor position of The Galena
Gazette, while Jay switched gears to become advertising manager and
learn an entirely different aspect of the business.
The Dickersons have been recognized with numerous awards for their
reporting and design work from the Illinois Press Association, Northern
Illinois Newspaper Association, National Newspaper Association.
Michigan Press Association and Wisconsin Newspaper Association.
The Dickersons live in Galena with their three daughters, Lilly, Maya
and Ruby. They feel privileged to call Galena home and are active in
several community causes.
If you want to talk to Carter, Sarah, Jay or Hillary call (815) 777-0019
or 1-800-373-6397 during business hours, or you can email them at:
History of the Gazette
In November 1834, Mr. Loring and Mr. Bartlett started a publishing tradition in Galena which has spanned more than 166 years.
On Nov. 27, 1834, the first issue of the North Western Gazette and Galena Advertiser rolled off the Franklin press. The editor noted that the newspaper "gives the news of the day and sustains the Whig cause."
With handset type in that first issue of four pages, The Gazette has evolved over the years. As Galena grew, the newspaper grew. . .not only in terms of circulation but in frequency, as well. The newspaper evolved from a weekly paper to a twice-weekly paper, to a three-time-a-week paper and then to daily publication. And for many years, the paper appeared as both a weekly and a daily.
After the Civil War, Galena's economy changed. Lead mining, once a staple of the economy diminished as the price of lead dropped. The Galena River flooded more frequently wreaking havoc in the downtown. . .plus it was no longer suited to riverboat traffic.
Through most of its history, the Gazette served the community as a daily paper, but by the early 1950s, under the ownership of Clint Youle, one of the USA's early TV weathermen, the Gazette moved to twice-weekly publication and then weekly publication.
In October 1961, two Maquoketa, Iowa businessmen, Robert Melvold and Sam Byers purchased the Gazette with their spouses, Frances Melvold and Francine Byers.
The Byers moved to Galena as resident publishers. Under their care, The Gazette increased it's page count and importance in Jo Daviess County. Under their ownership, The Gazette was the first newspaper in northwest Illinois to utilize a new method of printing newspapers, offset lithography.
The Byers remained active in the business until they retired in December 1985, when Carter and Sarah Newton purchased their interest. The Melvolds sold their interest in the newspaper to the Newtons in January 2001.
In 2015, Jay and Hillary Dickerson became partners in the business to ensure a smooth long-term transition to the next generation of ownership.