reunited on staff
A new era in area journalism begins in this week’s issue of the Vevay newspaper, as a new section debuts.
The Ohio County Rising Sun Weekly is found in today’s edition, and will continue each week as a stand alone section of this newspaper to share the news going on in the Rising Sun and Ohio County communities. It is a section completely dedicated to residents there, and will be a weekly feature.
“We are extremely excited about this new venture in our newspaper,” Vevay Media Group Publisher Patrick Lanman said. “The Switzerland County and Ohio County communities are closely tied together in many instances, so we feel that this is a natural connection that will benefit both counties.”
In creating the section, Lanman also announced that Tim Hillman has joined the Vevay Media Group team and will serve as the editor of the Rising Sun section. Also joining the team is Mavis Uhlmansiek, who will be providing a weekly look back into Ohio County’s past.
“We feel that our new section will continue our tradition of providing news and information that the community wants to read, as well as information that they need to know,” Lanman said. “I tell people that we are ‘hyper-local’, which means that our concentration is local, community news. To do that, we want the community to be involved and contribute story ideas and news and events.”
Ohio County residents who have information and stories to share may do so online at firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also call (812) 427-2311; or FAX to (812) 427-2793. Deadline for story submissions is noon on Monday prior to publication.
“We also hope that businesses in the Ohio County community will want to support this new venture, as well,” Lanman said.
At the center of the venture is Hillman, who is a veteran of 36 years in the newspaper industry, all of that in Rising Sun and Ohio County.
A native of Pennsylvania, Hillman moved with his family to Gary, Indiana as a teenager when his father got a job in the steel mill.
After graduating from Gary Horace Mann High School in 1973, Hillman attended Purdue University, where he met his future wife, Lynn. Graduating from college in 1977, he moved to Rising Sun; where Lynn had graduated from high school.
“She graduated and became a nurse, and I let her make all the money,” Hillman laughed. “I’ve coached about everything here. I coached seventh and eighth grade basketball. My first job was reserve basketball, boys. I coached the golf team. I coached everything until a teacher wanted the job. Coached baseball for two years. I coached co-ed soccer and was the first girls soccer coach. I’ve started every Rising Sun Invitational for the past 30-35 years. I still umpire baseball, softball, soccer; and some basketball.”
Tim and Lynn married in 1979, and they have three children: son Zachary lives in Cincinnati; daughter Brooke Sullivan and her husband, Tye and grandson Luke live in Vevay; and son Jacob lives in Milan. The Hillmans have four other grandchildren.
Active in many aspects of the community, his real passion are his yearly trips to the Sonlight Academy in Port de Paix, Haiti – a trip he will again make next month.
As for his journalism career, he goes back to February 12th, 1979.
“They had a letter to the editor from Mike Wilson wondering why stuff that the coaches had written up hadn’t gotten in the paper until after the Sectional was over,” he said. “Gene McCann said, ‘Here’ and threw a camera in my hand. I didn’t know what he was giving me, but I just went from there.”
Spending 36 years as the voice of the Ohio County community, Hillman feels a special bond with a city that he has grown to love.
“Rising Sun has always been a place where you feel safe,” he said. “Here, life squads are running all the time, and people are always doing stuff for you. It’s a community thing. I love a small town. If I was in Gary, I wouldn’t be able to stand on a corner this long without looking over my shoulder. People wave here. They look out for each other.”