Penny is a local of many years and moved to Alexandra to run a guest house which is now Montserrat. She quickly became a member of the Tourist Association and the Library. When a job appeared at the Standard and, knowing the value of a good local newspaper, she snapped it up. It was founded by John Whitelaw and has changed over the years as public expectations changed. It is now more proactive with articles on local campaigns and views. Topics such as Kellock Lodge and the Black Spur have been given many columns. Readers also like the local sport, cattle sales and real estate pages. They particularly love the letters and ‘Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down’ columns. Photos of locals are valued and podcasts are available. A cadetship is on offer for a young person interested in written media.
More large print newspapers would be helpful to the elderly.