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About Cumnock Chronicle
The Cumnock Chronicle was established in 1901 in the heart of what was then a heavily industrialised section of Ayrshire.
Now, 110 years later, it covers the Cumnock and Doon Valley areas of East Ayrshire as well as the Upper Nithsdale section of Dumfries and Galloway.
It is a wide area, mixing rural stretches with a variety of towns and villages, each with its own identity. These include: Cumnock, Auchinleck, New Cumnock, Mauchline, Dalmellington, Bellsbank, Rankinston, Dalrymple, Catrine, Muirkirk, Sorn, Ochiltree, Drongan, Patna, Sanquhar, Kelloholm and Kirkconnel.
For decades these areas relied on deep mining for their livelihood but with the death of the industry they have had to find new ways to survive. It has been hard but the natural determination of the people shines through.
James Keir Hardie, who formed the Labour Party, began his political career here and built a house in Cumnock. Robert Burns, Scotland's National Bard, farmed at Mossgiel near Mauchline.
There is a strong tradition of entrepreneurship in the area - millionaire businessman Sir Tom Hunter was born in New Cumnock - while a local stately home, Dumfries House, was saved for the nation by none other than HRH Prince Charles. Prince Charles is also the motivating force behind a new 'model' village - Knockroon - currently under construction between Cumnock and Auchinleck.
The Chronicle strives to reflect and report on life in the area. One of the few titles still to be based in the area it serves - and proud of it - it endeavors to keep a finger very firmly on the pulse of the locality.
In addition to the news and features it has an active sports section dealing, in the main, with the seven Junior football teams who play every season in a number of competitions and leagues.
It also carries coverage of senior club Ayr United FC, for which it provides sponsorship along with its sister title the Ayr Advertiser, and Kilmarnock FC.
Like the area it serves, the Chronicle is forward-looking and thinking. It has an active website and a thriving social network on Facebook and Twitter.