Lathams to receive ‘First Families’ award

The Latham family of Batavia and The Clermont Sun have been chosen to receive the Ohio Newspaper Association’s “First Families of Ohio Newspapers Award.”

The award will be presented Feb. 13 at the ONA’s convention in Columbus, and will be part of the association’s 75th anniversary celebration.

Bill and Mary Pat Latham have owned The Clermont Sun Publishing Company 37 years. During that time, the firm has grown from one weekly newspaper, printed elsewhere, to four weeklies, all printed at the company’s headquarters in Batavia.

The staff has swelled from the original eleven (including the two Lathams) to its present size of 45 employees. The newspapers have received numerous ONA awards for editorial excellence.