This is the last time you will see this column on this page.
Now, don’t start clapping. I’m not taking off.
Roses and thorns will still be handed out every Monday, only it will come from this column’s new home on the Commentary page.
That change is part of a new reorganization of content The Lima News is unveiling Tuesday. It will be the newspaper’s first major redesign since 1992, one that is overdue given the many twists and turns the newspaper industry has traveled the past 20 years.
The redesign puts an emphasis on local news coverage. Beginning Tuesday, the A section of the newspaper will replace the B section as the primary location for local news. This will include moving the obituaries to Page 2A.
There will be expanded business coverage throughout the week, a new weather map, and an increased emphasis on local editorials, sports and Lifestyle content.
Two current features will be published on new days of the week to better spotlight their popularity. The local veterinarian columns will now appear on Tuesday’s Lifestyle page along with photos of pets submitted by our readers. The Driver’s Seat feature will anchor expanded news of the automotive industry in Sunday’s newspaper.
Some cosmetic changes also will be included in the redesign. The type size will be increased, making the print easier to read, and there will be a cleaner, more reader-friendly format on our section covers.
Other changes are being driven by the challenging economic and technological realities facing today’s media.
Beginning Tuesday, The Lima News be published in a two-section format on Mondays and Tuesdays instead of four sections. This will allow us to better control paging while still maintaining strong local content.
Like all businesses today, it is essential we efficiently manage our costs so we can continue to provide you with a solid print and Internet product seven days a week.
Many similar changes are taking place at each of the newspapers owned by Civitas Media, the parent company of The Lima News. A committee of Civitas Media editors, paginators, managers and revenue leaders worked for more than six months vetting the work of the redesign.
We understand that some of our readers at first may be uneasy with some of these modifications. Be assured though that one thing won’t change: We will continue to deliver to your doorstep, favorite store or Internet device a news product that is both informative and enjoyable to read.
ROSES AND THORNS: A family of runners takes a stroll through the rose garden.
Rose: To Bill Myers, 83, of Ottawa; his daughter, Carol Meyers, 58, of Van Wert; his granddaughter, Liz Maag, 36, of Columbus; and his great-grandson, Aiden Hovest, 8, of Beaufort, South Carolina. The four generations of runners ran the Freedom 5K race during the Star Spangled Spectacular on July 4 in Lima, all coming in around 43 minutes. Bill Myers, an exercise enthusiast, swam 50 laps at the Ottawa YMCA pool a week later.
Rose: To Claytonia Logan, of Lima. Tired of all the violence she has witnessed, she has begun a street corner ministry on the corner of Third and Main streets.
Rose: To Andy Lynch, the area representative for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He organized the First Legends of Northwest Ohio sports banquet, which introduced current high school athletes with professional athletes who have been positive role models. Many of the pro athletes played high school sports in the region.
Thorn: To Randy and Jason Curtis, of Helena. They began experiencing engine problems while driving their motor home on U.S. 33 and still went ahead and drove it onto Interstate 75, where it burst into flames, closing both lanes of northbound traffic for about an hour.
Thorn: The Fraternal Order of the Orioles Nest 173 in Lima has fixed only four of 10 health violations at a campground it owns on North Defiance Trail, the Allen County Health Department reports. Among the violations yet to be fixed are full septic tanks, bathrooms unfit for use, downed electrical lines and trees across the road.
Thorn: New angled parking spots in downtown Lima require motorists to back in their vehicles instead of driving in frontward.
PARTING SHOT: Always and never are two words you should always remember never to use.