John E. Tucker, Jr.
April 10, 1942 – November 6, 2004

FOCUS was established in 1977 by John E. Tucker, Jr. who was a creator, inspiration, warrior, father & friend.

FOCUS provides two different ways to read our content: The Newspaper and Website.

The Newspaper is FREE to readers and is distributed Thursday mornings in these North Carolina counties: Alexander, Burke, Caldwell, Catawba, Gaston, Iredell, and Lincoln, with 100,000 readers a week.

The Website offers everything that the print publication does. All of the FOCUS print content in the paper is also available on the website for those who prefer to read online.

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Publisher: Tammy Panther
Digital Media Manager: Ann Garnatz
Photography: Leanne Lowe

Other Contributors:
Sally Fanjoy
James Labrenz
Tom Neff
Sara Mawyer
Kevin Thorne
Penny Holder
Logan Minton
Bobbi G
Adam Long

Adam Long

Film Critic

adamlong_squareAdam Long, movie lover extraordinaire, has been mad about the movies since the tender age of four when, in January 1975, his parents took him to see the Irwin Allen disaster film The Towering Inferno. Adam began writing reviews for his local hometown newspaper before moving on to other endeavors and, eventually, Focus Newspaper.  Adam also serves as home entertainment correspondent for the popular podcast Movie Geeks United.

Questions or comments? [email protected] or find me on Facebook.


Sports Columnist

Sid is a reclusive fellow whose real name is not Sid. FOCUS has
proudly published his column for many years. He has an incredible
depth of knowledge about sports, especially college and professional sports.



chainsaw_squareChainsaw began writing for Focus in the late 1990s. His articles drift between eloquently composed literary symphonies and the ravings of a deranged lunatic. He is known for breaking the fourth wall and often having it break back. Writing from the view of everyman in his plight to write for everyone, fact, fiction, poetic metaphors, and the impending zombie apocalypse, all go hand in hand. Expressing not so much his experiences with life, but rather how life experiences him.

I welcome almost all questions and comments either through the Focus, or E-mail me or FRIEND me on Facebook under Saw’s Brood. Hope to hear from ya, until then try and stay focused. See ya!

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