Millie Martin Emery
Millicent “Millie” Martin Emery joined Western Wayne News and Nettle Creek Gazette as a writer, page designer and assistant editor in October 2017. A two-year series she wrote on charitable giving in Wayne County in 2015-2016 led to being named a national finalist for Gannett’s Award of Excellence for public service in journalism. The 12 Months of Giving series also won awards from Hoosier State Press Association and Indiana Associated Press Media Editors. She’s also received additional state honors for headline writing and design. She was selected as an Outstanding Young Professional in Wayne County in 2016 by HYPE Richmond.
Millie was the Chancellor’s Scholar for the Class of 2000 at Indiana University’s School of Journalism in Bloomington and continues to serve as secretary/treasurer of The Media School Alumni Association. She also enjoys volunteering for several local organizations, serving as vice president of Friends of Morrisson-Reeves Library, secretary and violinist for Richmond Community Orchestra, secretary of Civic Hall Associates, and publicity coordinator for Richmond Rose Garden’s 1st Bloom & Glow gala. She lives in Richmond with her husband, Mike.
Dan Harney is a writer for Hometown Media Group. Retired after a 48-year career in the finance and collection industry, Harney has written personal interest stories and articles on a variety of subjects, but his admitted passion is covering high school sports. Harney, who was also a lay basketball coach at the time, first worked as a stringer for the Winchester News-Gazette in the mid-1980s. After a 25-year hiatus, Harney began covering Hagerstown High School sports for the Nettle Creek Gazette in the winter of 2010. Harney has also worked as a stringer for other area publications, including the Courier-Times and has been a contributing writer for Hoosier Basketball magazine. After the conclusion of the 2013 season, the Indiana High School Baseball Coaches Association recognized Harney for his significant contribution to the sport by honoring him with the Outstanding Baseball Media Award.
I am a resident of the “Mayberry of the Midwest”, Hagerstown, Indiana and proud to call the town home. Instead of going into nuclear medicine or research involving alien species as my high school counselor recommended, I chose to spend my time drawing cartoons on the margins of the books that might have led to a career posting 8, 9 or 10 figures, and a new Camaro. I still draw cartoons for many locations across this great land, but in 2011 I also began playing a major role in designing and producing the Nettle Creek Gazette. I also serve as ad designer for both HMG newspapers.
I have been married to my wonderful wife Melissa for more than 34 years, and we have two grown children, Ariel and Zachary. Thanks to my dear daughter, I received a kidney after battling kidney failure for many years plus two years of dialysis. This saved my life and allowed me to draw cartoons yet another day.
I have been a Graphic Designer all my life, spending 20 years as a Graphics Coordinator at Alcoa when I designed and produced printing plates for aluminum closures and sardine cans (by the way, I hate sardines). I also worked as a graphic artist for the Pal-Item, Richmond, and the Daily Advocate in Greenville, Ohio before joining the WWN/NCG news organization.
Jenny Pugh has been with Western Wayne News for over 20 years in various capacities. She is a 1992 graduate of Lincoln High School and has an associate of General Studies from Indiana University East. Jenny writes a weekly column, Just a Milton Minute, about life in a small town, items of local interest, and random events. She also covers Cambridge City and Milton town council meetings, as well as other area happenings and personal interest stories. Jenny enjoys photographing local points of interest and making her own greeting cards.
Margo has worked for the newspapers part-time, since 1994. She is the flyer queen, folding and inserting flyers into weekly papers and is here each week to help with prepare the newspapers for mailing and store distribution. She also keeps our office neat and clean for customers and staff.
Margo is a graduate of Lincoln High School in Cambridge City, and has lived in Dublin for more than 40 years. She is married to Rex Snyder and has a son and one grandson. She is a treasured member of the HMG Team.