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Publisher, Donn Wimmer recognized for community involvement


Steve Canepari presented the Kentucky Colonel award to Donn Wimmer, Publisher of the Hancock Clarion at the annual Farm City Dinner.

At the Farm City Dinner Monday, President of the Hancock County Heritage Commission Steve Canepari presented Editor and Publisher of the Hancock Clarion, Donn Wimmer, with a certificate and title of Kentucky Colonel saying,

If there’s any person who deserves recognition from Hancock County, it is Colonel Donn K. Wimmer.

Not many are deserving of this title. Donn is a member of the Hancock County Chamber of Commerce, Hancock County Airport Board, the Industrial Foundation and has contributed to the successes of our community. There’s just not enough time to list all of his successes here.


His family established the county’s beautiful Vastwood Park, and his lifelong dream of making Jeffreys Cliffs open to the public was something that I was glad to help him accomplish, Canepari said.”

Wimmer was also instrumental in grant negotiations for  Hancock County’s (5000 foot asphalt) Airport, as well as other growth projects in the county.


The Hancock Clarion has been the voice of the people of Hancock County for 131 years. When Donn came to Kentucky from Virginia, he was the age of fourteen. Donn’s grandfather, R.I Downs was publisher in the early 1950’s and his mother, Bernice Wimmer was publisher several years after.  Donn became publisher at age 21 and has been with the public paper for more than 68 years.

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“Competition from social media, smartphones and other technological advances means newspapers large and small have struggled to remain viable in this digital age. At the age of 88, Donn and his staff still manage to publish the News to the citizens of the county each week,”said Canepari.

The Clarion’s digital news is reaching over 20,000 readers in surrounding counties. The Clarion’s posted news even reaches into many states throughout the county. Readers from other states as well as locals comment on particular posted news articles on the Clarion’s website.

“Wimmer, his family and his staff have been cheerleaders and supporters of the county and its citizens for many generations. When Canepari asked him about his current plans Donn says, ‘I’ll just keep on keepin’ on.’

On behalf of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Donn K. Wimmer is commissioned a Kentucky Colonel, signed by Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael G. Adams.”

Donn said, “I want to thank the people that MAKE the Clarion – ALL of You. Thank you so much for supporting the Clarion all of these years. I really appreciate it.”

By Jennifer Wimmer

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