Gaston Gazette awarded the Community Empowerment Award
As an anointed servant leader, historian, community service ambassador, community organizer, and civil rights and social justice activist, I am delighted to write this column to support and warmly thank The Gazette Gaston, our local newspaper, and to present the 2021 Community Empowerment Award to The Gazette Gaston in recognition of their phenomenal service in advancing our communities, families, churches, schools, businesses, organizations and agencies.
History of the Gazette and the resilient spirit
The Gazette Gaston was founded in 1880. Since its inception it has undergone several name changes including The Gastonia Gazette (1880-1919), The Daily Gazette (1919-1919), The Gastonia Daily Gazette (1919-1947), The Gastonia Gazette (1947- 1989) and The Gaston Gazette (1989-present).
In 2012 Freedom Communications sold its Florida and North Carolina newspapers to Halifax Media Group and in 2015 Halifax was acquired by New Media Investment Group, which is the public parent company of Gate House Media.
In 2019, New Media Investment Group signed an agreement to acquire and merge with award-winning publishing giant, Gannett Co Inc. and ultimately became Gannett. This revolutionary acquisition created the largest newspaper chain in the United States with a circulation of 250 dailies and it has a long history as the publisher of USA TODAY.
Gannett has the largest online audience of any local news provider in the country. This merger allowed the company to extend its comprehensive offerings to local businesses and dynamic multimedia operations. The Gazette Gaston is now owned by Gannett and has a resilient spirit ushered in by a new era of American journalism.
This game changer continues to give readers exceptional digital and print formats and it also gives us the opportunity to engage our platforms, leave our comfort zones, remain politically aware, and have a civic-minded, track record. from our city, county, state, and national government officials and speak the truth to power, which has helped us revolutionize our disenfranchised communities.
The Gazette has helped us celebrate our weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduation ceremonies, academic, educational, athletic and business accomplishments while giving us insight into world news. Salute To Our Hometown Journal in accordance with the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States which states: “Congress shall not make any law respecting the establishment of any religion or prohibiting the free exercise of it; or restrict freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people to assemble peacefully and ask the government to redress their grievances.
And on behalf of the citizens of Gaston County who have benefited from The Gazette publication, I consider it a privilege to salute and present the prestigious Community Empowerment Award to our local newspaper, The Gazette Gaston. This commendable award was accepted by Kevin Ellis, editor on behalf of Lucy Tally, editor, Will McDonald, former lifestyle editor, and the ensemble Gazette Staff.
It is awarded in recognition of their commitment to excellence and to keeping our communities abreast of relevant information that has been beneficial to the well-being of our daily lives and for their support, dedication and desire to educate, motivate, uplift, inspire, and aspire for positive change in our communities that will permeate the entire world and remind us to never take our freedom or freedom of speech for granted.
In closing, I ask all those who have benefited from the Gazette Gaston to continue supporting our local newspaper and also to ask your family and friends for their support. Finally, a special thank you to my family, friends in Gaston County and my out of town supporters for your continued support for so many years.
May God bless each of you and may God bless Gaston Gazette’s business efforts! Philippians 1: 6 (KJV) Being sure of this very thing, that he who began a good work in you will accomplish it until the day of Jesus Christ.
Evangelist Vicky Meeks Clinton, anointed servant leader, historian, community service ambassador, community organizer, and civil rights and social justice activist is a resident of Gaston County.