Staff

Millie Martin Emery

Millie Martin Emery

millie@hmgccity.com

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.

Bob Hansen

bob@hmgccity.com

Bob Hansen has been an editor and reporter for several newspapers since 1975. He joined the staff of Hometown Media Group in September 2020, working as an office associate and reporter. Most of his career has been with community weekly newspapers. He and his wife owned The Hagerstown Exponent from 1986-1999. His writing and photography has won awards from Hoosier State Press Association, Associated Press and the National Association of Advertising Publishers.
Bob has been active in Boy Scouts since joining as a Cub in 1959. He serves as a district committee member and participates in the program with two grandsons. Those who know him in Scouting understand why he needs a pair of singing gloves when leading campfire programs.
He has served with many community organizations in Wayne County. He served nine years on the Hoosier State Press Association board and was its president in 1995-96.

Dan Harney

Dan Harney

dan@hmgccity.com

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 a lay basketball coach at Union (Modoc) 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. After the Nettle Creek Gazette and Western Wayne News were combined, Harney began providing coverage for all six Wayne County Schools.

Rachel Sheeley Muzzillo

rachel@hmgccity.com

Raised in Williamsburg, Rachel Sheeley is a graduate of Northeastern High School. She also is a graduate of Franklin College, where she majored in journalism and minored in Canadian studies and history.
She has been a newspaper reporter in Wayne County for more than 30 years.
Rachel and her husband, Frank Muzzillo, met and married at Franklin College. They enjoy traveling with family and friends, especially to Walt Disney World.
Her 15 minutes of fame came in 1988, when she won the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Writing Contest for the Worst Opening Sentence to a Novel. Her entry was done as a journalism class assignment at Franklin. She won a computer and, of course, received an A in the class.

Jordan Auker

jordan@hmgccity.com

Jordan is from Hagerstown where he graduated with the class of 2016. After high school he went to college at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville where he majored in photography and graphic design, and minored in Business Administration.
At USI, he was a part of the student run publication, The Shield. He began working for The Shield as a photographer in August 2016 and became Chief Photographer in March 2018, a role he kept until graduating in May 2020.
Jordan had great opportunities at USI. He covered multiple rallies such as March for our Lives, Women’s Rights, and the 45th President’s rally at the Ford Center. He also covered sporting events including basketball, volleyball, soccer and cross country, and was fortunate to cover a couple of 2019 NCAA DII March Madness games when USI made it to the Final Four. While working for The Shield, Jordan won awards for his photos, videos, and designs.
After graduation, Jordan moved back to Hagerstown and is now employed as a graphic artist/designer/photographer for Hometown Media Group in Cambridge City.

Joe Klemann

Joe Klemann

joe@hmgccity.com

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

Jenny Pugh

jenny@hmgccity.com

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, and sometimes adds her talent to event coverage and personal interest stories. Jenny enjoys photographing local points of interest and using those photos to make her own greeting cards.

Margo Synder

Margo has worked for the newspapers part-time, since 1994. She is the flyer queen, folding inserts to be inserted into weekly papers, as needed. 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 they have a son and one grandson. She is a treasured member of the HMG Team.

John Griffin

John delivers our paper to sales locations throughout the area. He has lived in Cambridge City for 50 years. While John has worked other places, he spent most of his working life in a factory. He met Linda there, his wife of now 51 years.
John has one child, three granddaughters and two great granddaughters “We have a tough time finding a boy in our family,” says John.
In his spare time, John always enjoyed watching his granddaughter play softball. She has now graduated but he still enjoys helping take care of the local softball diamond. He is a strong supporter of Lincoln Eagle sports.

Craig Prather

Craig Prather recently retired from Frito-Lay and now delivers our newspapers to store locations across Wayne neighboring counties. He is a graduate of Lincoln High School, is married to Debbie, his high school sweetheart. They have two grown daughters who now live in the Indianapolis area.
Craig enjoys exercising and spends as much time as he can staying healthy and visiting family. He also enjoys the puzzle page in Western Wayne News!

Rex Snyder

Rex Snyder retired from the Town of Dublin in 2019 and came to work for Hometown Media Group in the spring of 2020. Rex picks up the newspapers from the printer every Tuesday morning and brings them back for distribution to the stores and mailing.
Rex is married to Margo, who also is part of the HMG Team. They have one son and one grandson. Rex loves to fish and spending his summers mowing as well as spending time with family.