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The Paducah Sun and its area weekly newspapers, including the Metropolis Planet, have established the Matching Ad Grant Program — a $250,000 fund — to assist locally-owned businesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

As a family-owned business with a long tradition of service, the Western Kentucky Division of Paxton Media Group understands what local businesses are going through and is eager to support the community.

“We’ve heard the phrase ‘we will all get through this together,’ often over the last several weeks,” said Paducah Sun General Manager Matt Jones, “but we take this to heart.

“The partnerships we share with our local businesses are rooted in a common goal for success, and we are determined to help them come back from these trying times stronger than ever.”

Funds granted through the program can be used for local print newspaper and special product advertising with a minimum of $200 and a maximum of $5,000 of matching funds each month through June 30. So a business spending $200 in advertising would receive a $200 match for a total of $400 worth of advertising.

Locally owned and operated businesses can apply to the program by going to and clicking on the “Helping Local Businesses Persevere” promotions box.

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