Western Brown’s Leto excels in Australia Rockets ready for 1st season in SBAAC Paddling, hiking activities available at Ohio State Parks SB Warriors get set to hit gridiron for 2nd year of varsity football Scotty W Johnson Glenna V Moertle Ricky L Hoffer Ruth E Ward David A Watson Janet L Dotson Vilvie S King Steven C Utter Cropper joins Fallis at Bethel-Tate Local kids find success in world of martial arts 13th annual Bronco 5K Run and Fitness Walk set for Aug. 5 Teams compete in memory of Randy Fulton Mike W Smith Roger Helton David A Borders Timothy E Argenbright Joseph W Sherrill Frances K Pedigo Cecil N Graham Sawyers charged in sex for heroin plot Group demands changes at ELSD Blanche Malblanc Pauline L Kirk Over 70 take part in 11th Joe Myers 5K Classic Lions Club 4th of July Festival brings outdoor fun to Ripley ODNR reminds visitors to swim safe this summer Changes in high school track and field/cross country rules include school issued and approved uniforms Betty L Philpott Judy B Williams Billie J Russell Remembering Ravye 25 attend volleyball camp in Fayetteville Western Brown hosts Pee Wee Football Camp Eugene L Baumann Kids enjoy a ‘Touch-a-Truck’ event in Mt. Orab New police chief takes over in Fayetteville BC Chamber moving forward on 2017 SummerFest Two killed in wrong way crash in Mt. Orab Jack Hamilton Charles L Glover Maxine M Stires Western Brown youth basketball camps a success Leto to represent Team USA in Australia Broncos hard at work in preparation for fall season Eastern approves bowling team Phyllis Ruth Lois A Manley Eddie L Carr Thomas L Carnahan Cameron Barkley Walter J McGee Gary J Graham George D Johnson Walter F Crawford Jr Charles E Meranda Jr Corbin testifies before Ohio Senate Five arrested in Hamersville drug bust Neil Diamond tribute band coming Hyde finds home at Midway Youngsters work to improve on hoop skills at Eastern basketball camps Sizer named All-District Honorable Mention Western Brown’s Barnes earns All-State, All-District honors Local players compete in SWOFCA Ron Woyan East/West All-Star Game 6th annual Ravye Williams Memorial 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament set for June 24 Clarence E Teal Rosie B Poe Monard C Boots James P Conrad James T Dinser Scott J Swearingen Eastern’s Farris earns award for top 2-point field percentage in Ohio Georgetown’s Seigla earns All-District honors OHSAA announces 2017 football regions and playoffs format Western Brown volleyball camps a success with over 100 in attendance Rigdon finishes high school running career with 10th place finish at state track and field championship meet Grace E Fite Women return to county jail as funds start to run low Georgetown Council takes action on vacant structures Veterans honored in Mt. Orab John McGee Timmy Burson Patricia A London Mary J Hall Kenneth R Behymer Western Brown’s Joe Sams commits to Marietta College WBHS to hold girls youth basketball camp Huseman signs with UC Clermont Day to continue baseball career on collegiate level at UC Clermont Western’s Pack signs with NKU WBHS to host youth boys basketball camp Eastern’s Rigdon, Hopkins are STATE BOUND James Ratliff Robert P Lesko Armstrong sentenced to twenty years on child porn possession charges Russellville hires new Village Clerk Russellville Council approves purchase of two ambulances

Learning as we go as we combine our newspapers

By Wayne Gates 

It’s hard to believe that we are coming up on two months since the Clermont Sun Publishing Company purchased the News Democrat, Ripley Bee and People’s Defender newspapers.
Since that time, we have been working our way through combining the Sunday papers in Brown County, moving together into one office and generally figuring things out as we go along.
One of the big questions we have tried to answer is how to turn two newspapers that used to compete with each other into two papers that readers will want.
For example, both the News Democrat and the Brown County Press used to publish land transfers, probate and other court information.  We have decided to put that information into the News Democrat.
We initially thought to put obituaries into just the News Democrat as well, but that has turned out to be an unpopular decision.
After getting feedback from you, we have decided beginning this week to put any obituary we receive from local funeral homes into both newspapers.
They will run in the next newspaper to publish after we get them and then the one after that.  That way, the information will be available quickly to those who want to attend the services, and those who don’t subscribe to the News Democrat will not miss out.
But I will be honest with you.  Those who do not subscribe to or purchase the News Democrat will be missing out on some local news.
I have been the editor of the Brown County Press for almost seven years.  I have tried to find the best news I can to compete with the News Democrat.  But those days are over.
Now, I have to consider the readers of both papers when deciding which stories to put in which paper.
If there is a story of the magnitude of the Pike County shootings or something that strongly affects public interest or public safety, it will be covered in both papers so nobody misses out.
But each paper has been having separate and different news stories.  The Brown County Press, News Democrat and Ripley Bee are separate newspapers.
To get the full impact of all the stories that we cover, we invite you to read all three. Yes, there will be some repetition with some of our columnists like Faye Mahaffey or David Dugan.
But you will only find George Rooks and Christine Tailer in the News Democrat.  Sherry Mitchell will only be in the Brown County Press.
If someone submits some information that is of interest to the entire county, it may appear in all the papers.  If it’s local to Ripley, it may only appear in the Ripley Bee.
As far as the news we report, the front pages of the News Democrat, Ripley Bee and News Democrat had a total of 14 front page stories last week and each paper was completely different.  Not one story was repeated in another newspaper.
So if you want the full picture of everything we cover on a weekly basis, we ask you to read each of our papers.
You can also help us by sending us photos that you think others would like to see, announcements about events that are happening, news tips and anything else that you think other people should know about.
With your help, we will make the three newspapers in Brown County into a complete information source.
Send your pictures, information and news tips to info@ browncountypress.com, info@newsdemocrat.com or info@ripleybee.com.
We will look at everything we get, but we can’t run the same item for multiple weeks.
For example, if an organization has an event at the end of the month, the article will usually appear the week before the event, not at the beginning of the month.
If we get a submission that includes an admission charge or somehow benefits the submitter financially, we may call you and ask you to purchase a small advertisement rather than run the event for free.
We want to help, but we want to stay in business too.
If you have any suggestions of anything you would like to see more (or less) of, call us at (937) 444-3441 or send us an email at the addresses above.
We want to hear from you and we want to continue to build a group of local papers that you will be eager to read each week.

2 comments:

  1. Enjoy your papers. What editions, of which papers, on what days, will Rick Houser’s column be appearing ? Will the same column appear in all papers, each week ?

    1. Thank you for the kind words, Bill. We’re glad you enjoy Rick Houser’s weekly column. Rick’s column is a weekly feature of The West Union People’s Defender’s Wednesday edition. The Georgetown News Democrat repeats his column in our Thursday edition.

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