The chronology of Russellville, Logan County, and even Kentucky runs along an almost identical timeline with the News-Democrat & Leader. The direct lineage of the newspaper can be traced to the first newspaper in Russellville, which began publication in 1806, only 14 years after Kentucky became a state with Logan as one of its original counties. Russellville, the county seat, celebrated its bicentennial in 1998, making the city only eight years older than the newspaper. The Logan County News merged with another newspaper, The Democrat, in 1911, with this merger the News-Democrat made its first appearance. In 1968, some former employees of the News-Democrat, including Editor Al Smith, started a competing newspaper called The Logan Leader. Within a few months, the two companies merged. For 25 years the two papers were published by the same company under different names each week. Now the twice-weekly publication goes under the same combined named, the News-Democrat & Leader. What hasn't changed from the beginning has been the newspaper's commitment to the community and its people, regardless of what name is on the masthead. The News-Democrat & Leader doesn't try to cover national and international news, except as its relates to Logan County and the surrounding area. The focus of the news content is on Logan County and its people.