The Verona Press is a weekly community newspaper that has been continuously publishing since 1965.
The Verona Press is part of Unified Newspaper Group, which also publishes the Fitchburg Star, Oregon Observer, Stoughton Courier Hub, Your Family magazine and the Great Dane shopper. Unified Newspaper Group is a division of Woodward Communications Incorporated, headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa, and is a dynamic, employee owned (ESOP) media company, comprising mass and niche media products, as well as niche marketing and communication services.
Founded in 1965 by Butler Delany, the owner and publisher of the Oregon Observer, the Press named Henry Schroeder editor and publisher in 1966, when the two men founded Southwest Suburban Publications Inc. Schroeder purchased Delany's interest in 1980 and sold Schroeder Publications in 1998 to Woodward, which renamed the group UNG.
Originally a mill town and stage coach stop founded in 1847, today Verona is among the fastest-growing cities in the state of Wisconsin, with 12,442 as of January 2019. Located about 10 miles from the state Capitol, its borders have been growing closer and closer to Madison each year.
The Verona Press played a key role in the establishment of Verona's nickname, "Hometown USA." After Schroeder published a letter written by a local GI during the Vietnam War, members of his unit voted to give Verona that nickname.