Newspaper still on the presses after tornado

By Jerrika Insco | 

Their building is gone, but the Licking Valley Courier is still in business.

Ten days ago the city of West Liberty was nearly wiped out by the second tornado in three days giving the local newspaper even more to write about.

The Licking Valley Courier arose from the rubble after a tornado tore through the business.

"It's our responsibility to promote our town and the people in it. We just feel like that's more important now than ever," said Miranda Cantrell, a reporter at the newspaper.

A Facebook profile with constant updates from her home is what Miranda Cantrell used to continue working without a space to work in.

"I need to be getting this information out to people. The best way that I knew how was Facebook," said Cantrell.

The impossible happened when the newspaper was published just days after the tornado hit.

That issue was both the most important and challenging to print with broken pieces and mother nature's aftermath standing in their way.

"When they saw this paper for the first time after the disaster hit, they said it made them feel better to know that they still had this part of the community," said Cantrell.

Cantrell could not help but realize the miracle in black and white that she had in her hands.

"It was really one of the proudest moments of my life because I never would have imagined that we would be able to do this after everything that had happened here," said Cantrell.

A sign of hope as a town rises from the rubble.

Employees say with the community's support and help from their friends at Mount Sterling Advocate, their plan is to push on and continue reporting local news.

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