Jim WoofterJim Woofter – Publisher / General Manager

Jim was born and raised in Cortland and has lived here nearly all of his life. Following graduation from Lakeview High School in 1967, he joined the Navy and served on the destroyer USS Hugh Purvis (DD 709). Jim attended both Los Angeles Harbor College and Youngstown State University. He received his degree of Photographic Craftsman from the Professional Photographers of America. Jim worked as a professional photographer for 34 years, retiring in 2004. Later that same year he became the first manager of the Cortland News and in January of 2008 he purchased the newspaper and is now the owner and publisher.  Jim was elected Mayor of Cortland in 2016.  Previously to that he had served in city government for fourteen years.

Community Involvement

Past charter member, president and Paul Harris Fellow of Cortland Rotary Club

Founder and past member of the Cortland Community Band

Member of Old Erie Masonic Lodge #3, F & AM

Past Board member of Trumbull Mobile Meals

Member of the Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council

Member of the Committee for the Freedom Warrior Golf Outing

Member Trumbull County Alzheimer’s Walk Committee

Member Trumbull County Tourism Bureau

Jean Corliss – Editor

Jean Corliss has been the president of Corliss Marketing Communications since 1993 and has worked with many area and regional businesses, non-profits and organizations in the promotion of their businesses. She also is the owner of Regal Promotional Products.

Previously Corliss also worked as a reporter/columnist for the Tribune Chronicle and the Business Journal. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in advertising, marketing and public relations from Youngstown State University.

Community Involvement

Past board member: Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council, the United Way of Trumbull County, Northeast Ohio Adoption Service, SCOPE, Mahoning Valley Epilepsy Fund, American Heart Association and the American Lung Association.

Member: Youngstown Air Reserve Base Community Council, Ohio Funeral Directors Association. St. Stephen Church Finance Committee. Past member of: Association of Fundraising Professionals, Public Relations Society of America.

Tracy Omerzo – Graphic Designer & Webmaster

Tracy is a graduate of Maplewood High School and graduated from YSU with BA in Graphic Design. She has had over 20 years experience in the  graphics and printing business. She is a free-lance designer and also works for a print shop in Sharon, PA.  Tracy and her husband, Greg, have two sons, Hunter and Wyatt, and reside in Greene Twp.

Thom Foley

Thom Foley – Account Representative

“I grew up in Youngstown and have a B.S. in Business and a Master’s in Business and in Technology. I teach at TCTC and Kent State and was named outstanding faculty member for 2001 at Kent State-Geauga. I have owned several pizza and ice cream stores, including Tom Foolery’s in Cortland. For over 30 years I have played the role of Santa Claus during the Christmas season.”

Sally Lane

Sally Lane – Featured Journalist