Archive for September 2007

The LaBelle Star folds after 125 years of service

September 30, 2007

After nearly 125 years of serving Lewis County, The LaBelle Star ceased publication with its Sept. 26 issue. “It’s really a heartbreaking thing for us to do,” said publisher Mike Scott, who, along with his wife, Sue, bought The Star, The Edina Sentinel and The Media in Kahoka in 2003 from Hazel Bledsoe Smith.
“The sad reality is that it costs much more each week to publish, print and mail The LaBelle Star than it brings in,” Scott said. “We have been losing money with The Star since we bought it, and it’s just time to let it go.”
The newspapers in Edina and Kahoka continue in operation. Subscribers were offered subscriptions to the Edina or Kahoka paper or a refund.
The Star had circulation of about 600 in a community of about that many in the northeast corner of the state.


Birthday – Marvin VanGilder

September 27, 2007

• Carthage — About 80 people gathered on Sept. 23 to honor Marvin VanGilder, a former managing editor of The Carthage Press, on the eve of his 81st birthday anniversary.
State Sen. Gary Nodler read a Senate Resolution honoring VanGilder for his achievements and contributions to his community. U.S. Rep. Roy Blunt in Washington read into the Congressional Record a statement honoring VanGilder.
The Carthage High School show choir performed and family members and others spoke and sang for more than an hour.

Webster-Kirkwood Times win IFPA Awards

September 20, 2007

• Webster Groves — The Webster-Kirkwood Times and South County Times won 11 awards in the Independent Free Papers of America contest. Times publisher Dwight Bitikofer was honored for his service to IFPA at its annual awards banquet, which was held Sept. 14 on board The Odyssey in Boston Harbor. He is serving his second term on the IFPA board.
Honors received were nine in advertising, including four first-place awards; and two in editorial, including a first place in Original Writing, News Story, by editor Don Corrigan.

Obit – Frank Peters Jr.

September 14, 2007

Frank Peters Jr., 76, a former arts editor and music critic for the Post-Dispatch who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1972, died of a heart attack on Sept. 14, 2007.
Mr. Peters won the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished criticism in music. He joined the Post-Dispatch in 1964 as a copy editor. He retired from the paper after about 23 years.
He is survived by his wife, Alba, whom he had met while working for a newspaper in Rome; two sons and four grandchildren.

Obit – Mark T. Cheaney

September 7, 2007


Mark T. Cheaney, 54, editor of the Mountain Echo in Ironton, died of cancer on Sept. 8, 2007.
Mr. Cheaney was a 1971 graduate of Arcadia Valley High School and attended college at Missouri State in Springfield and in Portland, Oregon. He started at the Mountain Echo in 1990 as sports writer and was named editor in 1993.
He is survived by two sons.

Gatehouse buys Aurora Advertiser

September 7, 2007

Gatehouse Media, Inc., which owns a number of newspapers in southern and northern Missouri, on Sept. 1 bought the Aurora Advertiser from Sumner Media Group of Columbus, Kan.
Regional manager of Gatehouse, Chip Watson, is interim publisher, replacing Darren Sumner. Judy Dingman will continue as editor.
The Sumner group recently added newspapers in Kansas and Oklahoma to its group. Darren Sumner will move to Oklahoma to publish one of those papers.
Gatehouse is headquartered in Fairport, N.Y. Its other publications in the Aurora region are the Neosho Daily News, Carthage Press, Greenfield Vedette and the Big Nickel shopper. Aurora, in southwest Missouri, circulates about 2,900 copies in a Lawrence County community of about 7,000.

Centralia Fireside Guard redesign

September 7, 2007

• Centralia — The Fireside Guard unveiled a redesign of its front page, including a new flag, and published the final edition of the Hallsville Top in late August. Both papers are properties of Lakeway Publishers of Missouri.
Hallsville news is being featured on page three of The Fireside Guard. Top subscribers now receive The Guard.
Managing editor Jeff Grimes said readers in Hallsville and Centralia now will receive all of the news from northern Boone County in one newspaper. The redesign of The Guard will continue, he said.