Tonight will see a change in the way the printed edition of The Lima News reaches our many customers.
The newspaper will be printed in Indianapolis and transported by truck to The Lima News, where our carriers will pick up their newspapers for delivery to subscribers as well as business locations that sell The Lima News.
The move was necessitated by the closing of the Columbus Dispatch printing site, where The Lima News has been printed the past year. The Dispatch began printing in Indianapolis last week.
The change in print sites will not have any effect on the content you have grown accustomed to in your newspaper. Our news-gathering staff, advertising team and circulation staff will continue to operate out of our offices at 3515 Elida Road. There could be a slight difference in the time when customers receive their newspaper, but we are working to minimize that. We ask your patience during the transition.
News and advertising content through our on-line products — limaohio.com and The Lima News e-edition — will continue without interruption. The e-edition, which is a replica of each day’s printed newspaper, is available by 5:30 each morning, and often earlier. It continues to be available for free to subscribers of the print edition. It also can be purchased separately.
The Dispatch announced in January that it would be moving its print operation to a Gannett printing facility at the Indianapolis Star. Such decisions have not been unusual in the industry as newspapers look for ways to contain costs by consolidating print operations.
The last time The Lima News printed a newspaper at its Elida Road facility was in June 2017. The press in Lima sustained catastrophic damage at that time and print operations were moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana.
What has not changed at The Lima News is our commitment to being the area’s information center. If anything, it’s much stronger.
We remain a profitable company, one that reaches more readers today than at any point in our records when you look at print and digital products combined. The Lima News is the largest print product in our nine-county primary delivery area and also the largest media website at an annualized rate of nearly 40 million page views. Those are solid numbers supported by independent audits.
Our goal is to keep you informed. We will always strive to be fair and cover all sides of issues. We won’t back away from the tough stories, and we will find time to do those human interest pieces you enjoy. Our editorial position is independent of party affiliation. We’ll tell you our opinion and share your views, too.
As we’ve said before, our press may be gone, but the ink remains in our blood.
ROSES AND THORNS: A first-year mayor gets a well-deserved day in the rose garden.
Rose: To Elida’s new mayor, Claude Paxton, who was able to keep the village and school system out of court by negotiating an agreement between the two parties concerning an annexation dispute.
Rose: To the Honorable Glenn Derryberry, who will be retiring after serving 31 years in the Allen County Probate and Juvenile Courts, the last 13 as judge and the previous 18 as chief magistrate. He’s been highly respected throughout his career.
Rose: To Linda Hamilton, who will be retiring in June as the chief executive officer of West Ohio Food Bank. She had 42 years of experience working with non-profits, the last five at the food bank.
Rose: Thirteen people have been named winners of the 2020 Jefferson Awards for Public Service: Richard Bowe Sr., Barb Coil, Nicholas Curth, Aubree Flowers, Kandi and Kim Graham, Angela Herzog, Kallie Kitchen, Andrew Maravola, Melvin Parsons Jr., Taylor Paul, Sally Windle and the late Vince Koza.
Rose: Joshua C. Fultz, of Lima, has joined Ohio’s “Saved by the Belt” club after his vehicle’s seat belt saved him from sustaining life-threatening injuries following a collision on U.S. 30 in Allen County last month.
Thorn: To Nicole Coburn, 29, of Celina, who drove her car into Grand Lake St. Marys.
PARTING SHOT: “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.” – Henny Youngman, an English-American comedian
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News. Contact him at 567-242-0391 or at The Lima News, 3515 Elida Road, Lima, Ohio 45807.