Pope County Tribune and Starbuck Times merged into one countywide publication
the Pope County Tribune and the Starbuck Times will be combined into one countywide publication that will better serve both communities as well as the entire Pope County area. The change will take effect on April 18.
The decision to combine the two publications – the only newspapers in Pope County – was not easy, but economic realities, staffing and providing a better news product for both communities were the main factors considered.
“We believe that together we are better,” said Tim Douglass, publisher of the two weeklies. “And, we believe readers will agree with this assessment, because publishing in this market will allow us to better serve all readers, all advertisers, by focusing on being true to our mission and values of providing as much local news and affordable advertising as we can.”
Douglass pointed out that much of the Times and Tribune coverage is duplicated because both communities are served by the Pope County Board of Commissioners and belong to the same school district — the Minnewaska area schools. Coverage from these two government agencies, including school news and sports, appears regularly in both newspapers. Now readers will get that coverage, as well as coverage from Starbuck City Council and the Glenwood City Commission, as well as local news and reports from both towns as well as other towns in the county. Readers will also receive all obituaries, births, education news, community announcements, countywide church news. The Starbuck Trivia page, started by Helen Hoverud several years ago, will continue and more historical news from the area will also be added to the journal.
The strong legacy of the two newspapers, which have a combined 226-year history in Pope County, will be continued, and the new product will enable a more economically viable newspaper in both print and online for many years to come.
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“We sincerely thank all of our loyal readers and advertisers for the years of support and look forward to serving you all with a local newspaper for many years to come,” Douglass said.
He added that the company will honor all current Starbuck Times subscriptions and that subscribers don’t have to do anything to continue receiving the combined publication.
Our online presence will also be improved
This change will include a major rebuild of the newspaper for subscribers and online users. Some of these improvements include:
• Subscribers will be able to access ALL stories, events and special sections on our website, allowing readers to get more news at their fingertips.
• The electronic edition will be more user-friendly and will allow faster management of subscriptions.
• There will be more options and levels for digital subscriptions, as well as more payment options for user convenience.
• It will be more convenient to subscribe to our digital and/or printed versions online, as well as an additional functionality to renew subscriptions online.
• There will be more advertising opportunities added to our website so that we can help our advertisers reach a wider market with more visibility.
• A business directory will be added to our website which will provide our community with business information, contact details and allow direct interaction with the company’s website.