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Release of magazine anticipated

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Mike McCullough
In a matter of weeks, Clay County residents will see the efforts of a handful of their brethren.

Indiana News 92 Magazine Editor Karen Avery recently told The Brazil Times the magazine's August issue would include a feature article on Clay County.

"It will be published in mid-August," Avery said.

While Avery is in charge of all editorial content in the magazine, she does not perform the physical design. Currently, she said she is going "back and forth" with her printer on how the magazine will look.

Avery said she offers ideas she has to her printer, who has a finger on Avery's pulse, or vision, of how she wants each magazine to look.

"We usually go back and forth twice," Avery said. "This is a great opportunity for counties to be featured. It's a free service and it's a way to thank our members for their involvement."

Avery said the magazine's main focus is on legislative issues, but in each issue, they attempt to put together a feature on a specific county. She asks the spotlighted county to submit a feature-type article of approximately 500 words. She also asks for print-quality photos of the county.

Clay County Council President Mike McCullough's interest in having Clay County featured in the magazine was sparked earlier this year.

As an elected official, McCullough receives all six printed issues annually. The magazine is the only state publication designed specifically for county officials throughout the state. It is mailed to approximately 2,800 subscribers, including elected and appointed county officials and county employees, among others.

After contacting magazine officials, McCullough got the go-ahead and moved forward.

He spearheaded a small committee of county residents to help put together a package to be sent to Avery.

The group met weekly, tossing ideas back and forth on how to represent Clay County.

"I thought it went really well," McCullough said. "The little group we got together was great. Everybody was excited about working on it.

"I was very happy to be able to have the volunteers we had. Everybody followed through. I thought it went extremely well."

Each committee member contributed to what was eventually sent to Avery.

The bi-monthly magazine is a product of the Association of Indiana Counties, Inc., an organization, which dates back to the 1950s. Avery said the association is split into six districts and the magazine attempts to feature a different county from those districts in its six annual publications.

McCullough said he's "anxious" to see the final product.

"I'm excited to see it," he said. "I'm also anxious to see what the response is from other people that are going to see it."

Although the magazine is mailed to members of the AIC, McCullough said he expects to have a few copies that he and others can spread throughout the county.

He said he hopes to have some copies on display in the rotunda of the Clay County Courthouse.

"A lot of that depends on how many (additional copies) we get," he added.

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