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About the Register

Meet the Staff

The Register had a humble beginning in 1946. The Springfield newspapers were on strike, and a year-long “news blackout” settled on the Greater Springfield area. Prior to the strike, Ludlow residents Emmet Rooney and his wife, Helen, were Ludlow correspondents for the Springfield Union and the Daily News. It was during this time that Emmet decided to launch a free weekly newspaper—the many stories he heard from residents and business owners as he made his rounds as a mail carrier were articles just waiting to be written.

In December 1953, Emmet passed away. His son, Bill, would join his mother in continuing publication of The Register. After Helen retired in 1965, Bill and his wife, Juliann, took charge of operations at their King Street home.

In 1972, Turley Publications, Inc., in Palmer, then known as “Pioneer Enterprises,” headed by Thomas and Patrick Turley, acquired The Register, and the growth of the weekly accelerated. Greatly improved technical advancements, combined with a new tabloid format, a greatly expanded press run and ever-expanding news coverage were some of the more obvious advantages of the acquisition. Bill and Julie continued with The Register, Bill as a columnist and Juliann as news editor, until they passed away in May 2005 and October 2004, respectively.

Today, The Register continues the commitment begun by Emmet and Helen and continued by Bill and Juliann, keeping residents informed about their town government, businesses, schools, churches and civic organizations. The Register continues to showcase the talents, achievements, interests and contributions of the residents of Ludlow and Indian Orchard. This is what we at The Register believe to be the cornerstone of a quality community newspaper.

Meet the Staff

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Paula Killough
s Editor
A resident of Ludlow, Paula made her start in journalism as a staff writer for The Register in April 1998. Roughly two years later, she took on the editorship. One of the most rewarding moments for Paula in her tenure as editor came in October 2006, when The Register celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special supplement and a new design. What has always been and continues to be the best part of Paula’s job is talking with people, learning about them and sharing their stories with readers. Prior to her work at The Register, Paula served as an adjunct faculty member at Columbus State University and Georgia Military College, where she taught English and writing courses and Library Science. Paula continues her teaching role at Bay Path College, where she has been teaching English, Communications and Journalism courses since 2001.


Dave Forbes
Sports Editor, Turley Publications
A lifelong sports fan, Dave figured a career covering sports would be the next best thing to playing them. The Chicopee resident is new to the Turley team but brings seven years experience in journalism, most recently as sports editor for nearby Stonebridge Press. His favorite assignments have included covering the Tantasqua boys' varsity basketball team during the 2006-2007 season, not to mention the 2003 New England Patriots Super Bowl Championship parade and the 2004 Boston Red Sox World Championship parade. Dave is a 2000 graduate of Westfield State College with a major in Communication.


Katie Breault
Staff Writer
A recent addition to the Turley team, Katie joined The Register after a brief stint at the Belchertown Sentinel. After graduating from Westfield State College with a degree in mass communications, she knew she wanted an exciting career in journalism. Katie’s favorite part about writing for The Register is meeting new people and learning something new with every assignment. Her experience as a staff writer has also spawned an interest in photography. Katie’s other interests include reading, watching movies and trying new foods.

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Tracy Whitney
Advertising Account Representative
Tracy, who grew up in Ludlow, has been a strong member of the Turley Publications advertising team since 1995. “I am one of those chosen few that can say that I love my job,” she said. “I am so grateful to be able to walk into your stores and offices and know that I am being greeted by a friend.” With her many years of sales experience, Tracy can offer advertising advice to a small “Mom & Pop” restaurant or to the CEO of a corporation. Tracy lives with her husband, Fred, and daughter Sam, in Palmer. They have two grandchildren, Ryan and Ava, who live in Wilbraham.

24 Water Street, Palmer, MA 01069
Editor Paula Killough | Phone 413-283-3779