Joplin, George Jr., Editor and publisher, the Somerset Commonwealth, 1925-1957. Started newspaper career while a student at Centre College. Served as editor, Danville Daily Messenger; sports editor, the Lexington Leader. His Somerset paper received more than 75 awards for journalistic excellence. Past president, Kentucky Press Association. Was state and national correspondent for Centre College athletic teams; named them the "Praying Colonels." Served on Centre's board of trustees. Active in state and editor of In Kentucky magazine in 1946. President of Somerset Chamber of Commerce; active in numerous civic projects. Avid conservationist and promoter of state parks and tourist industry in Kentucky. Brought his paper to a position of influence and distinction. Died April 2, 1957. University Information Services
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