Businessman Defies Conventional Wisdom, Starts Three Newspapers

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The Clinton Courier isn’t known for breaking news. But when a tornado ripped through the city in April 2014, the paper’s Facebook page was one of the first places residents turned to find out about closings, where to find shelters and where to go if people needed help.


Local businessman Clay Mansell started the Courier in 2010, answering an off-the-cuff challenge from then Mayor Rosemary Aultman.


Today, the paper has become a cornerstone of the community, and is one of three publications Mansell has opened to serve smaller towns in the metro area. His fourth paper, the Canton News, is slated to open later this fall. “We’ll try to get an issue out by the end of October, before the election,” he said.

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