KEYSER - The Mineral Daily News Tribune, which has been serving the area with local news, sports and information for over 100 years, will be hosting an open house this evening from 5-7 p.m.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
@lizbeavers1
KEYSER - The Mineral Daily News Tribune, which has been serving the area with local news, sports and information for over 100 years, will be hosting an open house this evening from 5-7 p.m.
Owned by GateHouse Media, a company which includes over 400 community publications and websites, the News Tribune is operated by an all-local staff dedicated to bringing the community the local news, sports, special publications and more that cannot be obtained anywhere else in the area.
The News Tribune was launched by William Barger in 1912. Barger, from Petersburg, became interested in journalism at a young age and learned the trade under the guidance of John J. Cornwell, editor and publisher of the Hampshire Review in Romney.
Barger moved to Keyser in 1905, and worked for a time at the Mountain Echo, a weekly newspaper that had been serving the area since 1876.
On June 17, 1912, Barger founded the Mineral Daily News, and later consolidated it with the Keyser Tribune, another newspaper that had served the area since 1880.
A framed copy of the Keyser Tribune hangs on the wall of the newsroom today as a reminder of the rich history of newspapers and local news in Mineral County.
Barger’s family continued to operate the News Tribune until they sold the business to Walter and Helen Tetrick in 1959.
The Tetricks - Walter and Helen and their children Jim, Judy and Rob - continued the tradition of providing the best in local news and information for the next almost 40 years.
When the children decided to retire in 1998, the newspaper was purchased by Liberty Publishing, and eventually became a part of the larger GateHouse Media.
Today, four papers are published each week - Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday - in addition to the 24-hour-a-day website featuring stories, photos and videos.
The news is brought to the community be an in-house staff of nine - publisher Kelly Miller, managing editor Liz Beavers, sports editor Nick Carroll, staff writer/photographer Barbara High, circulation manager Teffany Jones, multi-media account representatives Jessica Evans and Tracy Bean, office coordinator Mary Lou Weaver and staff Sandy Canfield.
In addition, correspondents Jean Braithwaite, Ronda Wertman and Lenny Sundahl regularly contribute to the paper, along with columnists Trish Morgan and Bette Tranum-Mallow and photographers Raymond Burner and Lee Brown.
In celebration of the News Tribune’s long-standing tradition of serving Mineral County and the surrounding areas with the best news, information and advertising opportunities available, the staff is inviting everyone to attend its open house tonight at the NT office, 21 Shamrock Dr., across U.S. Route 220 from Pizza Hut.
Stop by, meet the staff, and find out how your hometown news service operates!
The open house is being co-sponsored by the Mineral County Chamber of Commerce.