The weekly newspaper was first published on September 5, 1888. It wasn’t the first newspaper in Ligonier (four others preceded it), but it’s been the longest running of those publications. The location of the office has changed over the years, and so has its ownership, but the paper continues to report news from Ligonier every Thursday. Today, the Ligonier Echo is managed by Trib Total Media, which took it over from the Laurel Group. In its early days it was managed for almost 70 years by the Graham family, ever since Professor I.M. Graham became editor and owner in 1890.
Please check out today’s issue of the Ligonier Echo for a special commemorative section celebrating the paper’s anniversary.
I’ve been privileged to write several local history features for the Ligonier Echo during my career, some of which I was able to include in Ligonier Valley Vignettes. I have to thank Editor Debbie Brehun for the opportunities to write these pieces and the Tribune-Review for permission to reprint them in my book.
I’ve also made a couple of really good friends through the Echo, like my friend Jewels. Sadly (for me), Jewels has moved onto a wonderful new job opportunity, so I don’t get to see her at my regular meetings in Ligonier any more, but I can see her at lunchtime, since her new office is a short walk away from my day job.
So here’s to 125 more years for the Ligonier Echo and future Ligonier history articles for me to dive into
*Source Consulted: Shirey, Sally. Images of America: Ligonier Valley. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2001. Print.