Some county offices may be moved G’town Council approves 2017 budget Family doubles in size with adoption Sardinia Mayor looks forward to 2017 2017 Fayetteville Firemen’s Festival set Floyd Newberry Jr Donna F Lang Gene Warren Dwight L Fulton Virginia A O’Neil Anne L Durbin-Thomas Marietta Dunn Charles L Latchford Broncos win ‘Battle of 32’ Lady Broncos claim win over Bethel-Tate Jays top Warriors, fall to Mustangs Lady Warriors claim top spot in SHAC with win over Lynchburg-Clay Broncos buck the Lions, 54-51 James N DeHaas Questions still linger in Stuart explosion New direction for Brittany Stykes case New public safety director now on duty in Brown Co. Fayetteville Mayor anticipates a good year for the village Chamber of Commerce announces awardees Robert Bechdolt Carl E Lindsey Audrey F Maher LeJeune Howser Tammy L Connor Henry C Mayhall Jr Chad Spilker Frank W Kemmeter Jr Wanda J Howard Dorothy Huff Colon C Malott Eastern varsity teams come out on top to capture Brown County Holiday Classic crowns WBHS Army JROTC hosts rifle shooting competition Bronco varsity wrestling team unbeaten at 8-0 Blue Jays finish 1-1 in Ripley Pepsi Classic Mona G Van Vooren Hiram Beardsworth Avery W McCleese Ethel E Long Children learn safety from ‘Officer Phil’ Microchips can help locate lost pets Local GOP plans trip to Washington Three sentenced in common pleas Estel Earhart Roy Stewart Tenacious ‘D’ leads Lady Jays to victory over Blanchester on day one of Ripley Pepsi Classic Fayetteville’s Thompson, Jester earn SWOFCA All-City honors Jays fall to Blanchester on first day of Pepsi Classic Ticket details announced for OHSAA basketball and wrestling state tournaments Jerri K McKenzie Randy D Vaughn Georgetown JR/SR high to have new library Georgetown saw many improvements in 2016 Three sentenced in common pleas court Esther O Brown G-Men go on scoring rampage for 77-41 win over Cardinals Warriors climb to 4-2 with wins over West Union, Lynchburg Rockets top Whiteoak for first win Shirley M Bray Carter Lumber closes in G’town Wenstrup looks forward to 2017 Seven indicted by county grand jury John Ruthven holds pre-Christmas Open House New pet boarding facility now open in Georgetown Denver W Emmons Carl W Liebig Mary L McKinley Blake C Roush Louis A Koewler William D Cornetet Western Brown dedicates Perry Ogden Court Lady Warrior win streak hits 5 Lady Rockets wrap up tough week on the hardwood Barons rally for win over Broncos Georgetown to hire two paid Firefighter/EMT’s Noble receives statewide law enforcement award County helps family in need after house fire Flashing signs banned in G’town historic district ‘Christmas Extravaganza’ at Gaslight Thelma L Ernst Roy L Bruce Ken Leimberger Cathye J Bunthoff Lending a holiday helping hand G’Town Christmas Parade enjoyed by spectators Mt. Orab Auto Mall collects over 1,100 canned goods for local families “Celebration of Lights” held at fairgrounds Thirteen indicted by grand jury Lady Warriors hit the hardwood with high expectations Warriors reload after graduating four starters Six seniors hit the hardwood for Rockets Lady Rockets packed with size, talent Lady G-Men to rely heavily on young talent G-Men seek improvement after last year’s three-win season Skilled crew on the return for the Blue Jays Broncos begin quest for SBAAC American Div. crown

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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