The Sentinel is the fifth oldest continuously published newspaper in the United States, having operated under the Sentinel name since its founding in March 1799. About 1860, a large interest in the paper was purchased by George Ticknor, who edited it until his death in 1866.
At the 2009 New England Associated Press News Executives Association, the Sentinel won more awards for photography, design and news writing than any other newspaper. The Sentinel won 19 awards, including eight first-place honors.
Former editorial writer Guy MacMillin won the Allan B. Rogers Award for the best local editorial in New England by newspapers of any size.
The daily operation includes the online service and commercial printing operations. As of 2004, it had a paid circulation of about 14,000.
The Sentinel covers the city of Keene, and 30 towns in Cheshire County (Alstead, Chesterfield, Dublin, Fitzwilliam, Gilsum, Harrisville, Hinsdale, Jaffrey, Marlborough, Marlow, Nelson, Richmond, Rindge, Roxbury, Stoddard, Sullivan, Surry, Swanzey, Troy, Walpole, Westmoreland, and Winchester), Hillsborough County (Antrim, Bennington, Francestown, Greenfield, Hancock, and Peterborough) and Sullivan County (Acworth, Charlestown, and Langdon).
The Keene Sentinel prices are: 75 cents daily, $1.75 Sunday.