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Pictured here in April of 2013, the News-Register staff celebrates being named as back-to-back sweepstakes winners in the Nebraska Press Association's annual Better Newspaper Contest.


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 central printing plant also prints the Clay County News, Polk County News and Nance County Journal. 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 and Twitter.

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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