Western Wayne News was started in 1991 out of the home of Ed and Janis Buhl, in Milton, Indiana, after they tried to purchase a local paper that had stopped publishing, but found it to be cost-prohibitive. Without any experience, Janis assumed responsibility for starting this paper from the ground up – selling ads, and even taking papers to every door in the coverage area, in order to begin gathering subscribers.
In 1996, Janis expanded into the Centerville area as that local paper was preparing to cease operations. In 1997, she opened a Centerville office and combined it with a photo shop. Unfortunately, emergence of the digital camera was quick to follow and the photo shop closed in 2002, as did the Centerville office. The Centerville News then became a pull out section of the WWN, and the work was absorbed into the Cambridge City operation.
Nettle Creek Gazette was started in 2005, when the Hagerstown paper ceased publication, and Janis saw a hole that needed to be filled. This paper is also produced from the Cambridge City office.
Hometown Media Group, owners and former natives of Cambridge City/Wayne County, Jim and Brenda McLane established HMG and officially purchased the two newspapers August 1, 2017. Brenda is the daughter of Ed and Janis Buhl, and the work Janis continued after Ed’s death in 1997, has provided a strong foundation to grow both newspapers.
Along with being Co-owner of Hometown Media Group with wife Brenda, Jim has been a Supply Chain professional for over 30 years. He is currently a Principal Business Process Analyst at a large medical device manufacturer in southern Indiana. Jim also deals in antiques and unique collectibles as owner of Winning Streak Antiques, and hopes to be selling in Cambridge City soon. A love for the outdoors has led him to be an avid hiker/backpacker, as well as a certified Indiana Master Naturalist. Jim is also active in Cambridge City Main Street, serving as a board member in the capacity of Promotions Chair.
Brenda has a bachelor’s degree in business, and a master’s in adult education and distance learning. She serves on a variety of committees and boards including: The Hoosier State Press Association Foundation Board, Indiana University East Board of Advisors, The Wayne County Foundation and Forward Wayne County, Wayne County Chamber of Commerce Board and Issues and Advocacy Committee, the Regional Quality of Place and Tourism Task Force, the Cambridge City Plan Commission, the Cambridge City Comprehensive Strategic Plan Steering Committee, Western Wayne Schools’ Improvement Committee, the Henry County Health Community Health Needs Steering Committee, and is an active member of Cambridge City Main Street.