By Richard Kerns
FROSTBURG - The lead story of any debut news publication must be the birth of said publication. Thus it is with the Appalachian Independent.
The fruit of a year-long development effort by a core group of a dozen area residents, the AppIndie, as it is known in shorthand, for its .org Web address, seeks to foster grassroots news coverage of Mountain Maryland and its Appalachian environs.
The online paper, to be published every other Wednesday, aims not only to tell our region's stories, but to provide a forum where "citizen journalists" can report on their own communities.
More than just sharing the good, bad and beautiful of the region we call ...