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Community mourns longtime leader

Posted on Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 9:22 am

Former reporter, editor and publisher of The Central Virginian, Hilda Miller, was a community leader.

The Central Virginian family and many in the Louisa community are deeply saddened by the recent passing of Hilda Miller.

Miller, a former reporter, editor and publisher of The Central Virginian, died Saturday, November 3 after a lengthy illness.

She will be remembered fondly by many in the community not only for her dedication to journalism, but also her commitment to helping others.

Miller was born at Bear Castle, in Bumpass, and graduated from Louisa County High School in 1958. At the age of 18, she started a 38-year career with The CV beginning as a bookkeeper and receptionist.

She gradually began reporting on government news and enjoyed covering many elections during her career. Miller also wrote about many issues that affected community life.

In 1987, following the death of The Central Virginian’s co-owner Lewise Cosby, Miller was named editor. Anna Gris May, Cosby’s business partner and CV publisher, died the following year.

Concerned that the paper remain locally owned, Miller convinced a group of local businessmen to provide the financing to buy The Central Virginian and keep it in local hands. The CV Corporation of Virginia was formed, and Miller served as editor and publisher from 1989 until 1997 when Cathy Collins was named managing editor.

“Hilda had lots of determination and a deep commitment to community journalism,” said Collins, who began working with Miller in 1975.

To read the entire story, see the Nov. 8 edition of The Central Virginian.