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Saturday, October 10, 2015
  • The Commercial Review was honored as the best small daily newspaper in Indiana in the 2014 Hoosier State Press Association Better Newspaper Contest.

    The paper earned 20 awards in the 2014 contest, including first for general excellence out of 26 publications in Division III (for daily newspapers with a circulation of 6,000 or fewer).

    Editor Ray Cooney led the news team with seven awards, the most of any journalist in Division III for the second consecutive year, including first place for sports commentary, sports news or feature coverage and sports action photo. President and publisher Jack Ronald added wins for best general commentary and best editorial writer among his five awards.

    The CR was second in general excellence in 2013 and third in both 2011 and ’12. It has earned more than 50 HSPA awards in the last four years.

    Elias Marsh founded The Commercial Review in 1871, making it one of the oldest business in Jay County. It had several name changes over the years before settling on The Commercial Review when The Daily Commercial and The Evening Review merged in 1901.

    The Graphic Printing Co., Inc., was founded by Hugh N. Ronald Jr. in 1946 as the Times-Journal Inc., publisher of the Redkey Times-Journal. The corporation changed its name in 1949 and launched The Graphic, a weekly publication focused on photos and features in Portland and Jay County. In 1959, the weekly bought out the daily — The Commercial Review — and the publications were combined over the next two years.

    The Commercial Review is published daily except Sundays and six holidays (New Years, Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving and Christmas) by The Graphic Printing Co. Inc., 309 W. Main St., Portland, Indiana 47371.

    We welcome letters to the editor. Letters must be 700 words or fewer, signed and include a phone number for verification purposes. We reserve the right to edit letters for content and clarity. Newsroom e-mail:

    Jack Ronald is the president and publisher, and Ray Cooney is the editor.

    Hugh N. Ronald (1911-1983) is publisher emeritus.

The Commercial Review, Jay County's Daily Newspaper
P.O. Box 1049 Portland, IN 47371