Sunday, May 20, 2001

Hispanic newspaper's debut planned for June

The Associated Press

        LEXINGTON — The first issue of Kentucky's only widely circulated Spanish-English newspaper, La Voz — or The Voice — is expected to hit the stands in June.

        Alejandro Gomez, the owner, publisher and editor of the newspaper hopes to give the Hispanic population “a sounding board.” Mr. Gomez was born in Mexico City and moved to the United States as a child.

        “Finally, our community will have a paper to call their own, a place where they can find out about resources available to them,” said Mr. Gomez, who will publish the paper each month from an office in Lexington. “This paper will be just what its name implies — the voice of the Hispanic community.”

        The tabloid-size paper will be circulated to communities within 65 miles of Lexington. The paper will be available at Hispanic restaurants, grocery stores, post offices, libraries, public agencies and convenience stores. About 10,000 copies of the first issue, which will focus on Gov. Paul Patton's Hispanic initiatives and the growth of the Latino population statewide, will be distributed. The newspaper will be free, Mr. Gomez said.

        The nearest bilingual newspaper is in Indianapolis. La Ola Latino-Americano, or The Latin-American Wave, made its debut in 1996 and is printed twice a month. The paper's circulation is 13,000, with 9,000 in Indianapolis and the rest in Lexington, Louisville, Covington and Georgetown.


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