Archive for February 2008

Gary Sosniecki joins TownNews.com

February 29, 2008

Gary Sosniecki, who has owned three weekly newspapers and published a small daily in Missouri during a 34-year career, has joined TownNews.com as a regional sales manager. He will be handling a new product designed for small newspapers that don’t have their own websites.
Sosniecki, with his wife, Helen, owned The Vandalia Leader from 2003 to 2007. He was president of the Missouri Press Association in 2004.
Sosniecki will be introducing newspapers to Silver Lite, a state-of-the-art website that even the smallest newspapers can use to make a profit from the internet.
TownNews.com, based in Moline, Ill., has been an exhibitor at MPA’s Trade Show for several years. It is majority owned by Lee Enterprises, publisher of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and the Suburban Journals. TownNews.com hosts more than 1,600 online publications and offers a wide variety of products and services to U.S. newspapers.
The Sosnieckis are relocating from Vandalia to the Quad Cities area. He can be reached at gsosniecki@townnews.com.

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Randy Cope resigns from Gatehouse

February 29, 2008

Randy Cope, a former publisher of the Neosho Daily News, resigned as co-chief operating officer of GateHouse Media, effective Jan. 28.
Cope’s resignation ended five decades of his family’s involvement with the Daily News. In 1952, Cope’s grandfather, Howard W. Bush, took the reins of the Neosho Daily Democrat and renamed it the Neosho Daily News.
Cope’s father, Kenneth, became publisher of the paper when Bush died in 1969. Kenneth and his wife, Anne, became sole owners in 1983. He served as publisher and she as editor until she retired in 1991.
In 1987 the Copes sold the paper to American Publishing Co. Kenneth remained publisher until taking another position with American Publishing. Randy Cope then became publisher. In 2005 Randy was named co-president of what had been renamed Liberty Publishing Co. The company again was renamed, becoming GateHouse Media.
Cope named Rick Rogers publisher of the Daily News in 2005.
Randy, his wife, Pam, and three children live in Joplin.

City fined, assessed fees for Sunshine Law violation

February 29, 2008

Clay County Associate Circuit Judge Elizabeth Davis fined the city of Pleasant Valley $100 for violating the Sunshine Law and ordered the city to pay $11,000 in attorney fees.
The lawsuit was filed by Gregg McGough, a resident of a senior citizen center. The city had forced McGough, who has since died, to tear down a carport after he had received a permit to build it
and it was 90 percent constructed.
McGough filed the suit in March 2007, alledging city council members discussed permit issues in closed session, failed to post meeting notices and made decisions behind closed doors.
The city offered no defense against the suit.                —Sun Tribune, Gladstone

Springfield paper files for dismissal of libel lawsuit

February 29, 2008

The Springfield Business Journal and two Branson businessmen have filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit against them alleging they libeled and slandered a man who claims that taxation is un-
Christian and illegal.
They want the suit dismissed for lack of merit.
The two defendants have pleaded guilty in federal court to tax evasion and have paid their debts. They were on a speaking tour for the government discouraging others from getting involved
in illicit tax protests when they were interviewed by the Springfield Business Journal.
Comments in the resulting story led to the lawsuit. The plaintiff seeks $1 million from each of six defendants.    —from the Springfield News-Leader

Two dozen Star employees take voluntary buy-out offer

February 29, 2008

Twenty-four Kansas City Star employees have chosen to leave the paper under a voluntary severance program aimed at trimming costs. Six people in the newsroom accepted the offer.
Employees with 20 years of uninterrupted service were eligible to leave with 20 weeks of pay. The program was limited to fewer than 4 percent of the Star’s employees.
The newspaper now employs a little more than 1,300 people, down from more than 1,800 seven years ago.

Former St. Louis editor found slain in home

February 29, 2008

Nancy Miller, a former Lifestyle editor and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, was slain Feb. 1 at her home.
A 27-year-old neighbor out of prison on parole has been charged with raping and killing Miller. The man had been released from prison 10 days before the killing after serving about 4-1/2 years of a seven-year sentence for burglary. He was staying at his parents’ house across the street from where Miller lived.
Miller, 59, worked at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for nearly 30 years as an editor. She accepted an early retirement offer and retired in June 2007. She had been working with journalism students at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park in recent months.

Mansfield Mirror celebrating 100th

February 29, 2008

The Mansfield Mirror plans to publish a special section this spring to commemorate its 100th anniversary. A history of the newspaper and old photos of Mansfield will populate the section.
Readers are being asked to look for old photos that show the Mirror in its early days.
A special postal cancellation marking the occasion is being planned for the Mansfield post office. The local Historical Society has offered space in its museum for a display of items from the newspaper’s past.
The Mirror published a centennial calendar containing old photos of the newspaper and the town. Citizens can get free calendars at the newspaper office.