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Last updated 3/20/2020 at 12:37pm

News Photo by Karen AuBuchon Johnson

Dr. John Williams CEO/Founder of Come On In, Inc. presents a Lifetime Achievement Oscar Award and framed Certificate of Recognition to El Paso County Advertiser and Fountain Valley News Publisher and Owner Kathryn A. Wiese.

The Fountain Valley News was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award in Journalism, a statuette in the design of the Oscar award, and a Certificate of Recognition presented to this newspaper by Dr. John Williams CEO/Founder of Come On In, Inc.

Williams and his wife and co-founder, Brenda, co-founder of Come On In, Inc.; Dr. LaVerne Adekunle Founder/CEO of Extraordinary People Awards; and Clock Africa Film Production chose the Fountain Valley News as one of 16 different organizations throughout the United States to receive this award. They chose organizations that have successfully been running for over 30 years.

Williams said this newspaper was the only news organization presented with one. This award was given in gratitude for the time and effort the newspaper has given to this community, city and state.

"There are a lot of people in this community who do outstanding work and they should be recognized," Williams said. "You are a small town newspaper doing an outstanding job; a pillar of the community."

News Photo by Karen AuBuchon Johnson

The News staff is pictured with El Paso County Advertiser and Fountain Valley News Publisher and Owner Kathryn A. Wiese and Dr. John Williams CEO/Founder of Come On In, Inc. From the left: Office and Personnel Manager, Judy Sherbak; Staff Writer/Sports Editor and Circulation Manager, G. Connor Salter; Office and Circulation Assistant, Hazel Morris; Dr. John Williams; Kathryn Wiese; Executive Editor, Karin Hill; Staff Writer/Ad Sales and Design, Andrea Wexler; and Advertising Sales and Circulation Manager/Assistant Editor/Sports Editor, Geof Clark, who just retired after 31 years of service. Not pictured is General Manager/Advertising and Legal Notice Manager and Photojournalist, Karen AuBuchon Johnson.

This newspaper is going on 62 years, published every Wednesday since October 3, 1958, serving the Fountain Valley area, Southern El Paso County including the city of Fountain and unincorporated communities of Security and Widefield and El Paso County.

Carl H. Wiese and H. Kay Larson first started the newspaper in 1958; it was called the Security Advertiser. After Larson's death in 1981, Wiese became the sole owner, and after his death in 1994, his wife, Kathryn Wiese, took over as the owner/publisher. Wiese's two daughters managed the newspaper. Patricia St. Louis as the Executive Editor, who retired last October with 39 years and Karen AuBuchon Johnson, the current General Manager has been working at the paper for 26 years.

According to Wikipedia, The Academy Awards, more popularly known as the Oscars, are awards for artistic and technical merit in the film industry. Given annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences the awards are an international recognition of excellence in cinematic achievements as assessed by the Academy's voting membership. The various category winners are awarded a copy of a golden statuette, officially called the "Academy Award of Merit", although more commonly referred to by its nickname, the "Oscar." The first Academy Awards were presented in 1929.

Williams said the person from whom they purchased the Oscar statuettes had 16 left of the style of Oscar award given back in the 1960s and 70s.


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