“This involves something that this newspaper holds to the highest ethical standards,” said Vyron Mitchell, editor and general manager of The Record. “Our very existence depends on the trust that readers expect from our news content and the knowledge our reporters have gathered factual information relating to the stories that bear their name,” Mitchell said.
The incidents involve several baseball summaries covering at least a three-week period, Mitchell said. Also included was a story concerning the Arrowcat archery team from Trigg County Middle School in a national archery competition.
All of the baseball summaries, as well as the story concerning the archery competition apparently first appeared in an Internet sports blog written and compiled by a former Cadiz Record employee, Scott Brown. His blog appears daily on radio station WKDZ.
“As editor and general manager I want to publicly apologize to Mr. Brown and to the radio station for this matter,” Mitchell said. “I am personally embarrassed that something like this took place on my watch and I want to assure our readers and subscribers The Cadiz Record will not tolerate anything but the highest of ethical standards from our employees as it has for the past 127 years.”