Founded in 1890 on October 29th (the current editor's birthday), the
Courier-Record is an award-winning weekly newspaper serving
Blackstone, Nottoway County, and surrounding areas of Southside and
South Central Virginia. On most weeks, the Courier-Record is printed
at sunrise Wednesday mornings, under a Thursday dateline.
The Courier-Record also owns and
operates a modern, top-quality print shop that specializes in
business cards, letterheads, envelopes, brochures, full color
posters, and much more!
The Courier-Record began as The
Blackstone Courier, then in the early 1930s acquired the Nottoway
Record in Crewe and became known as the Courier-Record.
The Courier-Record today has a PAID
weekly circulation of 6,400 in this town of 3,675. The
Courier-Record has deep penetration in the marketplace of Nottoway
and Lunenburg County, and portions of bordering counties. Other
papers may have slightly cheaper ad rates, but we have significantly
higher circulation and readership.
The Courier-Record is owned by the
Coleburn family, which acquired the paper in 1946. Doug Coleburn,
the current publisher, began working at the paper in 1948. As
editor, he took the paper to new heights, and was one of the first
newspapermen in Southside Virginia to begin generous use of local
Doug Coleburn served for 53 years in elected office, 12 of those on
the Nottoway Board of Supervisors and the remaining 41 on Blackstone
Town Council. Coleburn's son, Billy, joined the staff in 1990 after
graduating The College of William & Mary and has been editor of the
paper since January 1997.
Both father and son have won numerous awards from the Virginia Press
Association. Billy Coleburn in May 2006 was elected Mayor of
Blackstone. He is regarded as a hard-hitting news editor, and his
photos of news events and people have been recognized for excellence
throughout the Commonwealth.
John Coleburn is the paper Advertising
Manager and Print Shop director. He joined the paper in 1976 and is
known far and wide for his ability to produce top-quality ads and
The Courier-Record employs a total of 11
full-time and part-time employees, each of whom has contributed
greatly to this newspaper's success and reputation as a leader in
the news and information business, and the printing business.