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M.E. Byron Brewer's Newspaper Column Voted Most Popular -- Again!

Posted By: Staff
Thu, 07/05/2012 - 21:09

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:2146:]]For the second year in a row, Cosmic Book News Managing Editor Byron Brewer's non-comics newspaper column, "My Georgetown," has been voted most popular column by readers of the thrice-weekly News-Graphic published in Georgetown, KY.

Brewer has been writing the column since 2006, shortly after he retired from PR affairs with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture following disability. He works with a series of volunteers and "old newspaper chums" who aid him with the column, but still maintains chief say over subject matter and final edit to make sure it is "purely Byronic."

Brewer worked for his high school newspaper, The Panther Press, and college newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel. While at the University of Kentucky, Brewer and a number of others launched an in-house publication for journalism students called The Forager and he worked as a copy editor for the Lexington Herald. Upon graduation in 1980, Brewer took the position of associate editor of The Graphic, a weekly newspaper in Georgetown, Ky. Brewer was named editor in 1984.

After the newly-named Georgetown Graphic became one of the first publications of its size in Kentucky to start using computers, Brewer helped Scott County High School and Georgetown College revitalize the designs of their student publications, The Cardinal Spirit and The Georgetonian. He also helped sister publication The Bourbon Times set up its computers.

In the early 1990s, Brewer left the Georgetown Graphic and went to work for its cross-town rival, the Georgetown News & Times, becoming its managing editor. Eventually those two competing papers were merged and rechristened the Georgetown News-Graphic. Brewer remained at the paper until he left in 1999 to accept a position as a senior information writer for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

In April 2004, Brewer suffered an illness which forced his retirement from the department. But in September 2006, when the News-Graphic went daily, Brewer returned to the community with his popular column, “My Georgetown,” which runs on the newspaper’s editorial page each Tuesday.

Brewer is the recipient of numerous awards from Kentucky Press Association, Kentucky Weekly Newspaper Association and Kentucky Association of Government Communicators, as well as personal awards for community work from such organizations as Scott County 4-H, Scott County FFA, Georgetown-Scott County Senior Citizens, Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce, Scott County Board of Education, Scott County Public Library, the local American Legion and VFW posts and United Way of the Bluegrass. In 2011, he was awarded the prestigious Ann Bolton Bevins Award by the Friends of the Georgetown & Scott County Museum in recognition of his efforts to promote and preserve the history of the community.

He is the former Treasurer of the Kentucky Weekly Newspaper Association, 1997 Scott County 4-H Man of the Year, Past President of the Scott County Adult Literacy Commission, Past President of the Scott County chapter of the American Cancer Society, co-chair and founding member of the Georgetown-Scott County Chamber of Commerce Beautification and Cleanup Committee, founding member of the Buckle Up America! Safety Belt Committee/Georgetown, 1988 Outstanding Young Man of America, fundraiser for the University of Kentucky School of Journalism, a member of FirstUnitedMethodistChurchin Frankfort, Ky., and a member of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors.

In 2010, he was honored for 30 years of covering and working on behalf of the ScottCountycommunity as the Scott County Fiscal Courtand the local Chamber of Commerce decreed Sept. 15 as “Byron Brewer Day.”

Following a Key to the City presented him by Georgetown Mayor Everette Varney and the Georgetown City Council in 2011, Brewer found out his column had been voted Readers Choice. He is proud to be the recipient of that honor again this year.