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The first newspaper of record in Hamilton County dates back to 1873. Three newspapers existed at one point, and in 1942 the two remaining Republican-Register and Aurora News were merged into the Aurora News-Register. Kurt and Paula Johnson purchased the publication from R.L. Butch Furse in 2000.

Porchlight Publishing, Inc., includes the weekly newspaper as well as a multi-faceted commercial division that produces sheet-fed printing, vinyl signs, t-shirts and digital color copying. The company has a staff of 10 full-time and one part-time employees.

The News-Register was one of the first weekly newspapers in Nebraska to post a website in 1995, and now shares information in a variety of digital platforms including Facebook, Twitter and mobile.

Click the link for insight from from co-publisher Kurt Johnson and former managing editor Laurie Pfeifer filmed for a Who Needs Newspapers documentary video in 2012.

Mission statement:

Our mission is to be the No. 1 source for local information, both in print and digital formats, to offer quality commercial services and to provide a positive, rewarding work environment for our employees.

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