In January 2001, Carter and Sarah Newton assumed total ownership of Galena Gazette Publications Inc., the parent corporation of The Galena Gazette.
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 Darlington, Wis.
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.