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On Oct. 27, The Lima News proudly marks its 125th year of bringing news to the doorsteps of West Central Ohio. We observe that milestone with this special section.
1884 – 2009
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pages of this section, you will read about such stories. You’ll see how the tools of our craft continuously changed, from the rattling WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 1 HOURS: Noon to 3 p.m. of linotype machines to the WHERE: The Lima News, soft click of a digital camera. 3515 Elida Road Entrepreneurs will tell you how they learned their first remain viable for more than business lessons by delivera century, it has to be willing ing papers for The Lima to change and innovate. News. You also will hear There also must be a history from many of the associates of hard-working associates who have helped make The and a desire to be a key Lima News the leading player in the community it source for information in serves. As you turn the West Central Ohio. It all began on Oct. 27, 1884, when The Daily Democratic Times, the ancestor of this newspaper, published its first edition. Several name changes followed, and in 1920, The Lima Times-Democrat merged with The Lima Daily News. By 1926, the name had been changed to The Lima News. Today, we reach more than 90,000 readers every day with news, sports, and information — in print and online. Such a long tenure is a testament to why people often refer to newspapers as a living history book. Events that we report today will be reviewed with interest by future generations as they try to gain insight into how this region’s communities lived, worked and played. We could not have attained this 125-year milestone without the support of our dedicated former and present employees and the readers and advertisers who support our efforts to gather
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The Lima News: 125 years of change, innovation, service
Birthdays are something we don’t always like to talk about as we get older. This week, however, The Lima News will be celebrating one in which we are quite proud. Tuesday marks the 125th anniversary of The Lima News. We are commemorating that milestone today with this special section. Next Sunday, Nov. 1, we will continue the celebration with public tours of The Lima News from noon until 3 p.m. For any company to
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and report the news ... every day. We not only celebrate our years of service to this region, we also celebrate the people who have made this journey through time with us. We are proud to be a part of the lives of the families, the businesses, and the organizations who call Lima and West Central Ohio their home. We hope you enjoy this section, and we look forward to many more years of serving you.
ABOUT THIS SECTION
A mix of the old and new typesetting methods is appropriately used on the cover of today’s 125th Anniversary Section of The Lima News. The phrase “125 years” is depicted with Ludlow letters, which were used to write headlines during the hot metal days of printing. Computer generated fonts were used on the remaining headlines. The cover was designed by Connie Ruhe and includes five historic pages of The Lima News: • Aug. 15, 1945 — The end of World War II • July 20, 1950 — Tornado hits north side of Lima • March 10, 1962 — The murder of Elida mayor and constable, Clarence “Pops” Prince • July 21, 1969 — Neil Armstrong lands on the moon. • May 21, 1999 — Lima gets $99.8 million to build new schools Three lifelong residents of Lima — Greg Hoersten, Denise Hunter and Wendy Helmig —were involved with the design of the inside pages. Hoersten, who has worked 32 years at the newspaper, was the lead designer of the section. Hunter, a 36-year associate, designed the “technology graphic” on Page 5. Helmig, a 14-year associate, designed the photo package on Pages 10 and 11. The “milestones graphic” on Page 3 was designed by Nate Warnecke. Managing Editor Diane Pacetti and Editor Jim Krumel coordinated the section.
THE LIMA NEWS 125TH ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE
JAMES SHINE Publisher
JIM KRUMEL Editor
DIANE PACETTI Managing Editor
TODD RUSSELL Circulation Director
JOHN QUAINTANCE Circulation Manager
LEILA OSTING Human Resource Director
BILL CLINGER Marketing Director
NATALIE BUZZARD Advertising Manager
STEVE BECK Advertising Manager
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Business Manager Ed Eichler Associates Joan Bellmann Jeanette Evans Sheryl Wiedeman
Director Leila Osting
Director Bill Clinger Coordinator Julie Gillespie
Manager Eric Germann Assistant Manager Gary Plescher
Editor Jim Krumel Managing Editor Diane Pacetti
Reporting/Content David Trinko, Senior Content Editor Tom Lucente, Content Editor J.D Bruewer, Content Editor Adrienne McGee, Lifestyle Bob Blake Nell Daum Beth Jokinen Kim Kincaid Nancy Kline Tyrel Linkhorn Bart Mills Heather Rutz Greg Sowinski Craig Orosz, Photo Editor Kelli Cardinal Gavin Jackson Jay Sowers Don Speck Dean Brown Sports Ross Bishoff, Sports Editor Jim Naveau Jeremy Schneider
Tom Usher Mark Altstaetter Scott Brinkman Mike Miller Page Design Kiarash Zarezadeh, News Editor Dawn Kessinger, Assistant News Editor Mary Evans Tom Harrison Wendy Helmig Greg Hoersten Keri Holt Denise Hunter Connie Ruhe Nate Warnecke Editorial Page Editor Ron Lederman Administrative Merri Hanjora Internet Travis Sibold
Advertising Directors Natalie Buzzard Steve Beck Sales Donna Campbell Breanne Carder
Mike Daley Jeani Dredge Chris Estes Jenny Holtsberry Angie Horn Dave Kreuzberg Deb Laman Cathy Lambert Stephanie Mansfield Carmen Pinks Dana Rickenbacher Alishia Washington Allison Whitacre Chuck Wise Administrative Ginger Hollar Customer Service Mary Van Schoyck, Manager Barb Blevins Emma Corley Connie Ladd Karen Martin Terry Stahler Ad Services Susie Rosengarten, Manager Jodie Neal, Supervisor Associates Heather Bolitho
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First issues followed election, local news
By NANCY KLINE
To Our Citizens… With this edition we present to our readers the first edition of the Daily Democratic Times and will hereafter publish both daily and weekly editions. So began the first edition of the predecessor of the Lima News on Oct. 27, 1884. The four-page edition was a combination of national and local news. It also included advertisements for the Times BookBindery and Lima Shirt Manufactory located in the Times Building on North Main Street. The introductory issue stated the goals of the newspaper. It read as follows: “With this edition we present to our readers the first edition of the Daily Democratic Times and will hereafter publish both daily and weekly editions. The daily edition will be issued in the evening, each day of the week, except Sunday and will be delivered all over the city by carriers, while the Weekly edition will be issued as usual every Saturday morning. Our endeavor will be to present to the public all the local, political and general news, which may be of interest, served in the most acceptable manner. The Daily Times will be politically devoted to the interest of the Democratic party, as the weekly Times has been since it made its introductory bow to the public some years ago…” The initial edition was a reflection of the times. A presidential race was underway between Grover Cleveland and James Blaine. The Washington Monument was near completion and a French effort to build a sea-level canal without locks across Panama was underway. Short headlines with
dudes have almost monopolized that commodity of smokers’ materials and secondly because cigarettes are known to be a favorite haunt of the tobacco worm or weevil.
Condensed news • The explosion of a bomb at a Democratic parade in Shelbyville, Indiana, killed Edward Hammond. • The passenger war from New York to Chicago is waging fiercely and a tariff of one dollar is predicted before the end. • Dispatchers state that Americans are leaving Mexico in great numbers. Local news • Misses Myra Pangle and Ollie Johnson will spend Sunday in the country. • Jas Pfeffer, who conducted the barber shop in the Union Block, has shut up shop and removed. • C.C. Walte, Vice President of the C.H. & D and a party of friends are in the city in a special car enroute to Celina on a hunting expedition. Advertisement Pullman Sleepers on Night Train Parlor Cars between Cincinnati and Toledo Bill Tweed and Sons Reminisces of the bold emperor who once ruled New York. How he gave money away and loaned a newspaper man $200,000.
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Front page of the first issue of the Daily Democratic Times, Oct. 27, 1884. longer subheads broke up the pages. No pictures were included in the edition. Below are a few short readings from the first week’s issues: Panama Canal was and what was being done I went down and took a look at it. My conclusions were not very favorable to the prospects for the completion of the enterprises and I seriously doubt it will ever be completed…”ouses. Condensed News • The total registration in Detroit for the November election is 31,194. • The slugging match in Musical Hall Saturday night was not greeted with a very large crowd. • Holiday goods are even this early adorning the front windows of many Lima business houses. • New Year cards are more elaborate this year than at any former period in the history of such goods. have been rescued Uniontown, PA — At about 4 o’clock Monday afternoon a terrible explosion of fire damp occurred in the mines of Youngstown Coke Company, whose works are situated four miles north of Uniontown… Our Money and Indians $1,004,000,000 in the hands of the general public, of which but seven dollars per capita per annum is allowed the poor Indian. The Indian population estimated to be 263,749. Condensed news • George Voss of Burlington, Iowa, kicked to death by a horse. • The Virginia Prohibition lists have decided to put no Electoral ticket in the field. • The whiskey peddlers of Michipicoten have organized and arsoned against the police sent to suppress violence. Advertisements Great Closing Out Sale at HALLADAYS Doors south of the Post Office most noteworthy demonstrations that have been witnessed during the present campaign. It was estimated that there were fully 15,000 men in line, extending three miles… Insane Asylum Victim A Sane Man ten years in Barstow’s Private Asylum An Institution that became a restraining of people who relatives want kept out of the way.. Advertisement Dr. S.M. Smith Eye and Ear Physician and surgeon Also treats chronic Catarrh, involving the nose, head and throat. Office, Dr. Crist’s Drug Store, North Main Street Lima, opposite new court house.
Oct. 27, 1884
A Glance at the Field “Nothing very much important occurring in the Political Arms” “During the Republican rally Saturday night, Fred Schulte, a sign painter, threw a stone knocking from his horse one of the paraders, who was picked up for dead.” The Panama Canal Washington — Commodore Scufedt, who has just returned from an inspection of the Panama Canal, appears to have little faith in the success of M. De Lesseps scheme. Oct. 28, 1884 referring to the project the Commodore said “I was in A fire damp explosion San Francisco and having a Causes the death of good idea of curiosity to see probably twenty persons for myself what the Four of whose bodies
Nov. 3, 1884
Condensed News • A train on the Baltimore & Ohio was wrecked in Alta, Ohio. No one was killed, but a great number were injured. • During the past week W.H. Vanderbilt has given $50,000 in real estate and other property to relatives on Stanton Island. Local • A valuable horse, belonging to J.B. Townsend, died last night. • John Wheeler, the oldest grocer in Lima, has sold out his business to a firm from a neighboring town. • Stuart Pillars has resigned his position as collector for the gas company, his resignation taking effect this morning. The Jingo Candidate As the election is near at hand it may be well for those who have made up their minds to support the Jingo candidate to pause and consider what kind of man they are proposing to vote for… “He is an unclean man and the people will not have him. He stands self convicted of prostituting the highest offices he has helped to build up a private fortune of cohabitating with corruption for dishonest money. His record would damn him.” The Globe Democrat.
Oct. 31, 1884
The Hefner Murder There have been but few new developments regarding the Heffner murder since our account given in yesterday evening Times. The time of the Preliminary has not been arranged. Oct. 29, 1884 The circumstances surrounding the case are very The Scott Law peculiar and the trial of the (note: this was a tax on case will probably develliquor traffic) oped some evidence, which Columbus – The is unlooked for and in a Supreme Court has renmeasure palliate the crime. dered a decision upon the Scott Law, declaring uncon- Slave to Petticoats In Germany women do stitutional. most of the menial out-ofAdvertisement door work. Faurot’s Opera House Switzerland is the only The World (Little Vercountry in continental sion) in 6 acts and 8 Europe where peasant tableaux women are not obliged to do all the hard work. A woman was seen Oct. 30, 1884 recently in Naples carrying Progress of the faith a coffin on her head, chatNew York — The merting gaily with a man who chants and business men’s walked empty handed at parade yesterday afternoon her side. is in honor of the RepubliWeevils in the weed can candidates for the Cigarettes have fallen Presidency and Vice Presiinto discredit with the fair dency, despite the threatening weather, was one of the sex. First, because the
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The Daily Democrat Times office in the late 19th Century.
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YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Reporters still use notebooks.
Tools of our trade
he purpose of The Lima News always has been the same: introducing the reader to the events, personalities and issues that make up our world. But the tools we use to fulfill that mission have made the job faster, more diverse and more interactive. Digital photography and mobile computers allow The Lima News to beam photos and stories from the field to the newsroom. Our Web site, LimaOhio.com puts breaking news, archived stories and streaming video at your fingertips. Design software empowers our editors to quickly and creatively create pages that please the eye as much as they inform the mind. And transportation and accounting technology have made delivering and doing business with the newspaper speedier, more convenient and more precise. From the days of lead type to the days of digital ink, from film and darkrooms to memory cards and modems, The Lima News has evolved across 125 years of newspaper excellence. These are the tools that made it happen.
Manual typewriter, no electricity required and our first personal computers circa 1979 Leitz englarger used to make prints from 35mm black and white film
A 4x5 inch (negative) press camera, no motor drive and only one shot per negative
Today’s ad graphic department uses computer programs to assemble and create ads from outlines given to them by the sales staff. Before computers, artwork was often cut out with scissors and Exacto knives and run through a waxer so the artwork would stick to the pages. Exacto knife Proportion wheel (left) was used to resize artwork and photos. The original size was lined up with the requested size to give the correct percentage (proportion) size needed.
Cell phones allow photographers and reporters to easily keep in contact with editors.
Processing reel loaded with black and white 35mm negative film Reporters used rubber cement to insert paragraphs in their stories. ABOVE: A program for building the paper. Ads are sized and put on the page. LEFT: Copy boy Kevin Koelbe matches up tape for the lead type machines with the printed copy from the Associated Press. Each tape and its story are paperclipped together for the desk to read and send selected tapes to the backshop. AP tapes were converted to run on The Lima News’ linotype machines.
Page A1 with dummy layout
Timer Long builds a page with lead type on a chase. The form is on a table with wheels called a turtle.
Video camera and tripod for Web programs Today’s digital camera and lenses The News no longer uses film. This compact flash card can hold 1,300 exposures (pictures). No processing required, just take out and download the photos on the computer. Cards are reusable. A 36 exposure roll of color print negative 35mm film. Before printing or even knowing what was shot, film had to be processed and dried.
Wood type was used in the early 40’s and later switched to hot lead using Linotypes and Ludlow machines for typesetting.
PICA POLE: Picas on the left and inches on the right — used to measure stories and ads and as a straightedge to cut up stories to paste on pages.
Prior to 2004 each finished page was photographed. The full-sized negative (left) was used to make a plate (far left) to put on the press. In 2004, a CTP (computer to plate) system was installed. Pages are sent directly from editorial computers to make plates for the press. The Lima News went online in 1994. Our Web site, LimaOhio.com, has seen several designs. The site provides an immediacy to the news the paper had lacked previously. Now, we’re much more than just news, with limajobs.com, limacars.com and limamarket.com also offered.
The Linotype machine was used to create lead type to build pages.
PAPER DELIVERY: Originally, the newsboy job was open to only boys. And for boys from 8 to 18 years old, it was often their first venture into the world of work.
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Our current press is a Wood-Hoe Lithoflex offset printing press that is three stories high.
Story by KIARASH ZAREZADEH Graphic by DENISE HUNTER • The Lima News
Plates on press
Paper rolls are on first floor
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A field of debris and overturned farm equipment lie along Hook-Waltz Road following the April 11, 1965, Palm Sunday tornado outbreak.
Rescue workers try to free a couple Jan. 6, 2005, from their Ford Ranger after a tree fell on it as they were driving down North Shore Drive in Lima the day after an ice storm paralyzed Lima.
Weather dominated top stories
By BETH L. JOKINEN
TOP 10 NEWS STORIES
The Top 10 local news stories from the past 50 years, as voted by readers of The Lima News:
They may not have been able to read about it right away, but area residents still picked the blizzard of 1978 as their top news story. The Lima News published each day of the blizzard. A company maintenance truck gathered up employees. Delivery was more difficult. “They went out to pick up as many people as they could. We couldn’t deliver it, but we could at least publish it,” said long-time Lima News employee Pat Ford. Eventually, customers received three days of newspapers, filled with blizzard coverage, on their doorsteps. The blizzard, hitting just past midnight on Jan 26, brought blinding winds and 13-plus inches of snow. Five area people died in the two-day storm, as did 129 people statewide. The top 10 stories of the past 50 years prove that weather does affect everyone. Three of the top five stories selected by readers are weather-related, with two more rounding out the top 10. Monyeen Boyd, of Lima, picked the blizzard as her top choice, with the ice storm of 2005 also making her list. She remembers walking through 4-foot drifts of snow to take a birthday cake across the street to her niece. Family members moved in with her during the ice storm. “They were kind of times of bonding. I kind of enjoyed them,” she said. “I think things like that in times like that make families closer.” The 1965 Palm Sunday tornado comes up third. A funnel cloud touched down on the evening of April 11 on State Road in Sugar Creek Township. It cut a 15-mile path of destruc-
1. Limaland digs out of Blizzard of ’78 2. Neil Armstrong on the moon 3. Palm Sunday Tornado 4. Bluffton Bus Crash 5. January 2005 Ice Storm 6. Tarika Wilson shot in drug raid 7. Elida Mayor and Constable C.E. “Pops” Prince gunned down 8. Tornadoes kill four in Van Wert, Putnam counties 9. August 2007 floods inundate Ottawa, Bluffton and Findlay 10. Racial disturbances in late 1960s, early ’70s
didn’t publish another special edition until the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Just as racial tensions • The Lima News file photo swelled across the country A van lies upside down at the intersection of Bowman Road and State Route 117 in the aftermath of the late January in the late 1960s and early 1970s, so they did in Lima blizzard in 1978. and its schools. Readers city of Wapakoneta, just as munity coming together in voted it 10th. The times people died from carbon tion, killing 11 people in included a parent group tragedy. monoxide poisoning caused proud today of Armstrong the vicinities of Bluffton boycotting South Junior The police shooting by generators used to heat and his place in history, and Cairo. The $2 million High School and filing a death of Tarika Wilson by just this year celebrated homes. in damage included lawsuit alleging the a Lima Police sergeant the 40th anniversary. Coverage of the final Emmanuel United Church schools, city officials and during a drug raid last “It was probably one of weather story, ranked of Christ getting blown police officers had violated year appears in the sixth ninth, included pictures of the greatest technical down. their rights. Protests and spot. The Jan. 4 incident achievements of our cenThirty-seven years later, people floating in canoes prompted marches through fights between blacks and tury,” said Charles Stiepeople again talked about down the streets of whites continued at the the city and discussions necker, of Lima. Ottawa, where the Blanthe tornado as another high school. about race relations and Living in Wapakoneta chard River crested 8 feet twister ripped through Those stories just misslaw enforcement. Lima then, he tried to keep his above flood level. Damage Van Wert, Putnam and ing the top 10 included the exceeded $10 million from children awake to witness it. Police Sgt. Joe Chavalia Paulding counties. The Two recent tragedies also was found not guilty in the fire that destroyed Central the August 2007 flood. Nov. 10, 2002 tornado, Junior High School in death. The story garnered made the list. The March, Bluffton and Findlay had with its 200-mph winds, national attention, includ- 1966, the final closure of 2, 2007, Bluffton Univertheir own trouble. One destroyed 40-plus homes the Lima Locomotive ing a visit from the Rev. sity bus crash ranked and businesses, and killed man died when he got out Works in 1980 and the Jesse Jackson. fourth. The crash killed four, two in Van Wert and of his car, stalled in high 2000 Leland Avenue fireNo. 7 on the list is a Bluffton baseball players water and was carried off two in Continental. It bombing that killed a story that appeared in a Zachary Arend, David by the torrent. landed eighth on the list. While Wapakoneta native Betts, Scott Harmon, Cody special edition of the news- woman and four teenagers. The words “ice storm” is While the area has had its paper. On the morning of Neil Armstrong walking on Holp and Tyler Williams, all one needs to hear to share of presidential and March 10, 1962, Elida’s as well as the bus driver remember the week of Jan. the moon garnered the candidate visits, only two mayor and constable, and his wife, Jerome and most first-place votes, it 5, 2005. Nearly an inch made the top 25: Ronald Clarence “Pop” Prince, finished second on the top- Jean Niemeyer, of Columand a half of ice put Lima was gunned down on East Reagan’s two stops in the 10 list. As the whole world bus Grove. The team was at a standstill. The storm 1980s and Barack Obama’s North Street while checkon its way to Florida for a watched, the Apollo 11 that lands fifth on the list visit to a local church last ing on a suspicious car. astronaut became the first tournament. A front page pulled down utility lines year. They ranked 21st and Two men were in custody photo of two people prayto set foot on the lunar and tree limbs and left 74,000 without power. Four surface July 20, 1969. The ing together showed a com- by the next day. The paper 25th, respectively.
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Elida mayor and constable Clarence “Pop” Prince was gunned down March 10, 1962, while checking on a suspicious car. Above, pallbearers carry Prince’s casket out of Elida Methodist Church. Right, Prince is carried to his final resting place.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong and his wife, Janet, wave to the crowd during his homecoming parade in Wapakoneta in September 1969. On July 20, 1969, Armstrong became the first man to set foot on the moon. Armstrong’s two sons, Eric and Mark, are seated beside their father.
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Lima Senior title voted top sports story
By JIM NAVEAU
TOP 10 SPORTS STORIES
The Top 10 local sports stories from the past 50 years, as voted by readers of The Lima News:
Sleep was the last thing on their minds. It probably wouldn’t have been possible even if they had shut their eyes and tried. After Lima Senior won the Division I state football title over Cleveland St. Ignatius in 1996 in Massillon, the team, coaches and some players’ parents returned to the team motel. But in several of the rooms, the motel maids didn’t have to make up the beds on Sunday morning because they hadn’t been disturbed on Saturday night. Lima Senior 38, Cleveland St. Ignatius 30 was simply the greatest moment in Lima Senior football history. It also has been selected as the top sports story of the last 50 years in the area, as The Lima News celebrates its 125th anniversary. “I remember the night of the game, everybody just stayed up all night,” former Lima Senior coach Leonard Rush said. “We went back to the motel. I just kind of walked around and went downstairs, and there were a bunch of parents who were just kind of hanging out there. No one could sleep. The early morning papers came out, and everybody was standing around reading it — making sure it was real,” he said. Lima Senior (13-1) claimed its state championship with that upset victory of mighty St. Ignatius, which had won five straight state titles from 1991-1995. The Spartans beat Toledo St. John’s 24-7, Troy 13-10 and Cincinnati Elder 21-14 in the playoffs to get to the state title game. The win against Troy was the moment when it could have gone either way but , things went Lima Senior’s way .
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Lima Senior cheerleaders, mascot and player celebrate the Spartans’ 1996 Division I state football title after the Spartans defeated Cleveland St. Ignatius 38-30 in Massillon. Troy came into the game averaging 50 points a game but scored just one touchdown against the Spartans. “I thought we had to really play hard in that game. It took a lot to win that game. They were an awful good team, and I think getting by them was the key,” Rush said. The No. 2 story of the last 50 years is Lima boys high school basketball players winning the Mr. Basketball trophy four times from 1991 to 2004. Lima Senior’s Greg Simpson won the award in 1991 and 1992. Lima Central Catholic’s Aaron Hutchins got it 1994, and Jamar Butler, of Shawnee, brought the trophy to Lima again in 2004. Delphos St. John’s streak of 57 straight football victories is in the No. 3 spot. The Blue Jays’ streak covered parts of five seasons and included unbeaten state championships in 1997, 1998 and 1999. It started with a 12-9 win over Coldwater in the final game of the 1996 regular season and ended with a 24-20 loss to Marion Local in the 2000 state semifinals. The No. 4 story is two Lima athletes playing in the Super Bowl. Lima Central Catholic’s Jim Lynch was a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs when they beat the Minnesota Vikings 23-7 in the 1970 Super Bowl. Lima Senior’s William White was a defensive back for the Atlanta Falcons when the Denver Broncos took the NFL’s ultimate prize 34-19 over the Falcons in 1999. Taking the No. 5 position, Kenton quarterback Ben Mauk set a national high school record for passing yards in a career (17,534) and for a season (6,540) while the Wildcats won two state titles during his career. The No. 6 story is Kalida High School coach Richard Kortokrax setting the record for most wins by an Ohio coach in boys basketball. He passed former record-holder Middletown legend Paul Walker in 2002 when he got his 696th win and has added 89 wins since then. He enters the 2009-10 season with 785 wins. Brad Komminsk being selected fourth overall in the 1979 major league baseball draft by the Atlanta Braves is the No. 7 story. Komminsk went on to play eight years in the majors for six teams. The No. 8 story is the Ohio Mixers of the Continental Basketball Association bringing professional basketball and a colorful cast of characters to Lima for two seasons in 1982-83 and 1983-84. Lima Senior graduate John McCullough becoming the only Lima athlete ever to play in the NBA is the No. 9 story. The former Big Eight Player of the Year at Oklahoma got into eight games for the Phoenix Suns
1. Lima Senior’s 1996 Division I state football championship 2. Lima produces four Ohio Mr. Basketball winners from 1991 to 2004 3. Delphos St. John’s sets a state high school record by winning 57 football games in a row 4. Lima Senior graduate William White and Lima Central Catholic graduate Jim Lynch play in Super Bowls 5. Kenton quarterback Ben Mauk sets a national record for passing yards and leads the Wildcats to two state football titles 6. Kalida High School boys basketball coach Richard Kortokrax sets the Ohio record for most wins 7. Brad Komminsk of Shawnee High School is selected fourth overall in the 1979 Major League Baseball draft 8. The Ohio Mixers bring professional basketball to Lima for two seasons 9. John McCullough, of Lima Senior, becomes the only player from Lima ever to play in the NBA 10. Delphos St. John’s girls basketball team becomes one of the first dynasties in state tournament history, winning 74 of 75 games and two state titles.
during the 1981-82 season. The No. 10 story is Delphos St. John’s girls basketball team becoming one of the first dynasties in that sport after the Ohio High School Association began playing girls state tournaments in 1976. The Blue Jays won 74 of 75 games from 1977 to 1979 and won state titles in 1977 and 1979, with only a narrow loss to Springboro in the state semifinals in 1978 marring their perfect record. A year after most of the starters on those three teams graduated, St. John’s won another state title in 1980 with a 26-2 record.
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Shawnee graduate Brad Komminsk during his time with the Atlanta Braves.
Delphos St. John’s Rocky Klaus is hugged by his brother, Derek, following the Blue Jays’ 1998 state title. Derek Klaus is a member of the current Blue Jays’ squad and played for last year’s state championship team.
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Lima Central Catholic graduate Jim Lynch is seen during his days at Notre Dame. Lynch won a Super Bowl with the Chiefs.
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Employees: Some things change, others never will
By HEATHER RUTZ
LIMA — Lots of things have disappeared over several decades in newspapering in Lima: Hot lead type, smoking, a distinct smell in the old building downtown. Lots of things have also endured: Co-workers who feel like family, a staff committed to being the area’s leading source of information and long-time employees who welcome the opportunity to tell stories about the “good old days.” A group gathered to do just that in anticipation of The Lima News’ 125th anniversary, talking about the role of the paper in the community and many of the stories fit to print. A reporter, editor and columnist, Mike Lackey said his recent retirement has caused him to value the paper more. “It’s made me aware of how much a community needs a newspaper, frankly, because there’s no doubt that it’s still by far the best source of information about where we live,” Lackey said. “I used to get a lot of that just by osmosis being in the newsroom. Now, I really look forward to the paper and read it religiously.” Technology has been the biggest difference, employees said. Some of them had titles for jobs that no longer exist, such as copy girl or engraver. Lexicon that occupied the newspapering world for half a century is also gone, words such as hot type and plates. Even the darkroom, and the developing chemicals that came with it, are gone. Denise Hunter, who started as a photographer in 1973, remembers shooting three rolls of film and being asked why she wasted so much. Today, a photographer will come back with easily hundreds of images on a memory card. Shooting Friday night football meant staying close to
“Not a lot of businesses have that kind of family feel. You spend more of your life with people you work with than your family. They stick with you.”
— Linda Hagerman Lima and leaving after the first quarter for the time needed to process film and dry pictures. Today, photographers shoot entire Ohio State Buckeye games and send pictures back via the Internet. Sixteen active employees at the paper logged 25 years or more, including eight with at least 35 years. That longevity engenders a family feeling, said Linda Hagerman, who has worked at the paper 40 years. She started as a proofreader and now works in the reference department. Hagerman’s husband worked in the pressroom. When he died, the entire building worked to get a paper printed that day in time for the funeral. “Everyone who could, left work and came,” Hagerman said. “Not a lot of businesses have that kind of family feel. You spend more of your life with people you work with than your family. They stick with you.” The move to Elida Road in 1995 and the switch from an afternoon to a morning paper, which caused people to move from a single shift to different shifts, has faded some of that, Hagerman said. But the “new” building has its upsides, employees said. Stories abounded about parking difficulties on High Street and never knowing who you might encounter, including “hobos” in dumpsters and employees’ vehicles. At the old place, anyone could walk upstairs, and many times anyone did. This includes a former disgruntled publisher who then publisher Bill Power always suspected of taking a “double-truck Pangle’s ad.” “That two-page spread came up missing,” Power said. “The president of Pangle’s called me and chewed my youknow-what. After that episode, we changed every lock in the place. (He) walked in the front door, put his key on the counter and walked out.” Power had the pleasure of knowing Freedom Communications founder R.C. Hoiles, who traveled with two satchels, Power said: “One for his underwear, and one for his libertarian books and magazines.” The libertarian editorial page has angered, confused and engaged readers for decades. “People who analyze our paper say we get a lot of letters for a paper our size, and that indicates we have a readership — somebody’s word was engaged,” Lackey said. “Whether they agree, they read it, respond to it.” Being a part of a newspaper, and in particular this newspaper, is special, employees said. “You don’t realize it until after you’ve gone,” said Randy McPherson, who worked two stints in the newsroom, in the early 1960s and then again from 1972 to 1995. “A career went by just like that. Forty years working on newspapers, and it went by so fast. I still have dreams about it.”
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A backshop worker kills out the paper in the 1970s by pulling lead off the pages.
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A nearly empty newsroom in 1995, shortly before The Lima News moved operations from 121 E. High St. to 3515 Elida Road.
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Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009 E9
The Lima News
High Street site had characters to go with its character
For good or ill, it’ll never again be like on High Street Last time I was inside the old Lima News building, where I bled, sweated and toiled for what were surely the best 23 years of my life, I didn’t feel a thing. It was curious, of course, to walk through the empty building, to see the names of sales reps still on a wall in display advertising or to ponder the cavernous space where, a quarter-century ago, 13 Linotype machines and their operators performed their intricate, elegant collaboration of man and machine. To stand on the platform where once the roar of the press would have washed over you, and hear only silence. Off the newsroom, in the little library — now very like a morgue, as it was called in ancient newspaper slang — there was a little sign on the wall, framed under glass and typeset in 36-point caps: Access to these files is available to Lima News employees only. Permission for public use may be obtained through the librarian or the central copy desk. In its day, the morgue was a repository of 40 years’ worth of clippings and photographs, whole journalistic careers. Now, of course, it was empty. Daily newspapers were written, edited and printed at 121 E. High St. for 92 years. I was lucky enough to arrive before the end of the hot-metal era, when type was still set in molten lead, but not lucky enough to get in on Lima’s great newspaper war, which ended with the demise of the Lima Citizen in 1964. The press rolled for the last time on High Street on April 2, 1995. Then The News moved west to spacious new digs on Elida Road. Now, after standing vacant 2 1/2 years, the downtown building has new owners who hope to convert it to office space. This latest development is just part of the continual process of change. Looking around the old neighborhood, I remember when a News staffer, depending on budget and taste, could find lunch across the street, around the corner or down the alley at Kresge’s, Gregg’s or Spiezio’s. All are gone now. Somebody joked that you could see the economic impact of the newspaper’s departure: There was a time when you could walk out the side door and see four bars; now there are two. Gone also is the massage parlor that used to advertise its location “across the street from The Lima News.” Whatever its virtues, the paper’s new site can never match the urban ambience and intimacy of High Street. For years, The News had virtually no security; anyone with an observation, a complaint or simply nowhere else to go could roam the building more or less at will. Despite such distractions, the work always got done. “We did a lot of good journalism in this place,” Publisher Tom Mullen mused during his own farewell walkthrough. Funny thing is, I don’t remember the stories. I remember the people. At least in memory, they were a different breed. They recognized that the stairs had a long, smooth banister, ideal for sliding down — a recreation that was curtailed after thenPublisher William Power walked out of his office and was nearly bowled over by a member of the composing room staff. The newsroom recalls the allnighters that accompanied every election, leaving reporters blearyeyed and giddy as deadline approached for what was then an afternoon paper. We worked in a haze of tobacco smoke, then widely regarded as essential for writing against a deadline, and engaged in all manner of juvenile pranks. I don’t go back far enough to remember when two offduty staffers kidnapped the lone weekend reporter and dumped him in Spencerville. But I was there the morning the news editor came in and found footprints on his desk. Today, our workplace is spotless, color-coordinated and smoke-free. And — perhaps the most flagrant breach of newspaper tradition — there’s not a saloon within walking distance in any direction. Meanwhile, if you purchase a snack in the break room, the vending machine flashes a sign that reads “Have a nice day.” It’s a new world.
This column is reprinted from Dec. 19, 1997.
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The Lima News building at 121 E. High St. as it appeared in the early 1990s. After publishing a newspaper at the site for more than 90 years, The Lima News moved in 1995 to its current location at 3515 Elida Road.
Home sweet High Street
The Lima News called downtown home for 111 years
By KIM KINCAID
BUILDING FACTS FOR 3515 ELIDA ROAD
LIMA — It was the family home for almost a century. Since 1903, the city’s longest printing newspaper, The Lima News, called the building at 121 E. High Street in the heart of downtown, home. When The Lima News moved in 1995 to its new location on Elida Road, it left a legacy of reporting the news, and occasionally becoming the news, at its long-time residence. A series of building projects, fires and more building projects became the norm for that location. It was because of a fire that the High Street location was first purchased. The predecessor to today’s newspaper, The Lima Daily News, had its offices at 316 N. Main St. In December of 1903, a fire caused the newspaper to look for new digs when its home of six years burned to the ground. To keep publishing, the newspaper built a workroom at 121 E. High St. In 1909, all employees of the paper moved to the state-ofthe-art High Street location. There, the building was set up for the newspaper process popular at the turn of the century. There was plenty of room for the linotype machines, the standard-bearers for type setting in the 19th century technology. There were desks for typewriters, cases for reference books and maps and a large mail room to handle the hefty loads of letters that came daily to the paper. In 1945, a $75,000 fire destroyed the business office, editorial department and mailroom, injuring two of the 40-plus firefighters who tried to put out the late-night blaze. The next day, the paper still
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The current home of The Lima News at 3515 Elida Road
• Project work began in September 1993 and ended in June of 1995. • Eleven major subcontractors were awarded, with 65 percent of the dollars going to union contractors. The subcontractors were from the region. • There are three traffic entrances to the property, one from East Road and two from Elida Road. • The building has 3,015 cubic yards of concrete. • There are 42,202 masonry blocks in the building. • Some 2,930 tons of asphalt surround the building. • The new building has 20.3 tons of reinforced steel, 46 tons of structural steel, and 207 tons of metal building steel. • There are 195,000 feet of electrical wiring in the building. • The Lima News building has 1,455 square feet of glass and used 1,025 gallons of paint, much of it gray. • In 1995, The Lima News employed 155 people and had 450 independent contractors delivering the newspaper.
rolled off the presses on time, but employees had to work in the muck of the fire aftermath to make that happen. As the newspaper reported on Jan. 4, 1945, “staff reporters on The Lima News came to work Thursday morning to find one of the biggest local stories in months parked rudely on the front door-step.” As the newspaper described the scene, “typewriters would hardly budge. They had been drenched with water, covered with thick, yellow smoke. Copy
paper had turned an ancient brown. Desks were turned every which direction and not even the oldest veteran could pick out his own. Telephone lines were dead. Teletype machines stood helplessly in corners, their delicate mechanisms dormant. The humanlike arms of linotype machines were silent, gas and electricity had been turned off. Liquid type metal, usually heated to a white-hot point, had turned gray and cold in pots. There was plenty of work to be done
before the presses were to move sending thousands of papers into Allen-co homes.” The tale was told of reporters and editors working elbow-to-elbow to gather their stories, setting up temporary quarters and handing off their stories to copy boys to run them to the press room. The result was the full 20page newspaper, ready at the usual afternoon distribution time. Sure, the fire had slowed things, but it never stopped the process. Nor did the succeeding fires in 1955, 1965 and 1981. The news continued to print from the High Street location. As the years rolled by, that location grew and updated. In 1955, the third floor was demolished, and the front façade modernized. A decade later, 11,200 square foot was added to the building, and in 1981, 32 more feet were added to house a new press. By the 1990s, it was obvious The Lima News had outgrown the family home. Distribution was a bottleneck every day in the parking lot. Computers and their required wiring replaced typewriters. Square footage jumped from 37,000 to 52,800. Employee numbers had grown. The physical plant that was so perfect nearly a century prior was showing its age. A 17-acre spot on Elida Road was purchased in 1993 for $43,000. The new 52,000square foot plant was built, representing a $4.5 million investment in the community. As former publisher Tom Mullen described The Lima News’ new home, it’s “one reward for years of excellence of effort that led to continual growth. From this center, we will work to publish the best newspaper each day that we can for you.”
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The Lima News press room in 1912
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The Lima News offices at 121 E. High St. in the middle of the last century. The building was the scene of fires in 1945, 1955, 1965 and 1981.
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Cars crowd the newspaper’s High Street lot in the 1990s.
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The Lima News
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Paginator Mark Trinko plans the next day’s paper, setting the number of pages per section and the location of ads.
Reporter Bob Blake checks incident reports at the Allen County Sheriff's Office. Reports from the Sheriff's office and Lima Police Department are checked daily.
Circulation Director Todd Russell, left, talks with Publisher Jim Shine about circulation issues and strategies. Shine meets with each department head every two weeks
Ad Service Manager Susie Rosengarten checks copy for the 2010 Medical Directory.
Advertising sales consultant Jeani Dredge, right, discusses advertising options with Interim Healthcare Vice President Tammy Bergfeld, RN, at Bergfeld’s office.
Photo Editior Craig Orosz is a familiar face at events, starting at The Lima News in 1996. As many as 150 photos are available for each day's paper. Since the advent of digital photography, a photographer may shoot as many as 200 frames for every photo that appears in print. In 1995, The Lima News became one of the first papers in Ohio to go digital.
Lynnith Harvey sets a stack off Lima News papers in a local gas station. Harvey makes several stops across the area, delivering the paper in the early hours of the morning.
A day in the production of The Lima News
David Smith loads a stack of newspapers onto a conveyor belt. From there the papers will have the inserts put in place and then be packaged for delivery.
Page designer Connie Ruhe works on a the Weddings and Engagements page for the Sunday Lifestyle section, which is printed on Thursday nights.
Receptionist Barb Blevins hands a receipt to a customer at the front desk. Classified advertisment clerks are in the background.
Mike Honse pulls a stack of newspapers from a stacking machine in the The Lima News pressroom. From this point, the papers are packaged and loaded into cars and trucks to be delivered.
Editors and designers meet for the 3:30 p.m. budget meeting. The budget in this instance refers to content placement, not money, as decisions are made about where each story and photo will end up in the print edition.
Pressman Dave Menchenhofer looks over a paper right off the press. He is checking pages for ink saturation, color balance and other print quality issues.
Plates on press
Pressman Anthony Dunlap puts printing plates on the press in preparation for printing the next day's paper.
Printing Supervisor Jack Hunt watches a printing plate come out of the plate imager. The imager prints the plates directly from the computer image of the page.
Assistant systems integration manager Gary Plescher pulls the hard drive on a computer. The Lima News uses about 125 personal and laptop computers and 12 servers.
Front page design
Page Designer Tom Harrison works on the front page of the Oct. 2 edition of The Lima News. The Monday through Friday editions have three different front pages for Putnam County, South Counties and Metro editions.
Chip Moreo is in charge of the maintenance of the 52,850-square-foot building and the 12-plus acres owned by The Lima News.
Pressroom worker Anthony Dunlap checks a copy of The Lima News. Three edtions are printed with the first press run beginning at midnight.
Designed by WENDY HELMIG and copy by J.D. BRUEWER• The Lima News
News by the numbers
Copies of The Lima News are delivered to homes each year.
Carriers deliver 194 routes.
Over-the-counter sales locations and 287 vending machines.
million single-copy newspapers will be sold in 2009.
Tons of paper are used, on average, for each print edition.
E-mails received at the news desk each day.
Copies per hour is the top speed of The Lima News’ printing press.
E12 Sunday, Oct. 25, 2009
The Lima News
Newspaper delivery was a family affair
By GREG SOWINSKI
Anyone who’s been a paper carrier knows early weekend mornings, folding papers, stuffing inserts, collecting, tracking through the snow, the smell of newsprint and hands blackened with ink. “We were the only carriers in Columbus Grove. Through the 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s,” said Madalyn “Butch” Donaldson who delivered papers as a child. Donaldson’s family got their start when her uncle started passing papers in the 1920s. The route made its way through Donaldson’s family one way or another and ended with her son, Toby Donaldson, who passed papers from 1969 to 1973, she said. The route grew to more than 300 customers at one point and later was split into several routes, she said.
they passed down. Heather had a little pink stingray the boys wouldn’t take,” Byers said. Allen remembers staying after his son to complete his route each day. He sometimes took one of his good friends around, Glenn Derryberry, who today is a judge, and the two took a long time to complete the route, she said. “They would play around,” she said. Ted Allen had 28 customers and the Allens knew every one of them. Ted started out walking but eventually got a bike. “He wasn’t even big enough to have a bike when he started,” she said.
A family affair
Some paper route families also struggle with trying to find a substitute while they took a vacation especially since paper delivery is everyday of the year, no exceptions. “It was a challenge to find somebody,” Byers said. Paper carriers also were Memories made happy when they finished JAY SOWERS • The Lima News the route for the day with While many things have changed including the Members of the Kissell family, of Columbus Grove, worked a Lima News paper route in Columbus Grove for some 80 one exception, Byers said. delivery time of the paper, “The biggest fear would years. They are (from left); Bob Kissell, Jack Kissell, Pat Kissell, Ethel Kissell, Anne Verhoff Dunbar, Jim Verhoff, all mornings today combe when they came home George Kissell, Butch Verhoff Donaldson, Toby Donaldson and Tonda Donaldson. pared to after-school delivand had an extra paper. We lected the bill unlike paying forget cold weather and “He thought that was ery on weekdays and week- basket we kept the papers would look at the paper the bill by mail as it’s done snow they tracked through. good. He saved it. He in,” he said. end mornings since the and say did you go here? bought a 24-inch bike then. We would just sit there and Miller tossed papers from today. Paper carriers made They also remember how early 1990s, the memories the rounds house to house special it was at Christmas He felt like he was really his bike as he rode down never will be forgotten. wait for the phone to ring,” every Saturday collecting. with presents and tips, rich,” she said. the street, he said. Donaldson has many Byers said. “If you had a person you Byers said. “The only thing you had fond memories delivering A different time Not only did Allen and would let go two or three “It was always the period to watch out for is back as a child including many her husband fill in for her Byers, who lived in then they delivered milk in weeks, that was money out of time they started comnice customers who gave Bluffton, said 20 years ago son from time to time but plaining because it was cold everyone in the village her money and clothing for glass bottles and some peo- of your pocket, not The she remembered passing and the Christmas bonus ple would have their bottles Lima News,” Donaldson Christmas. She also knew each other so parents papers when her son said. would always fire them up didn’t have to worry about played sports in high school out. You had to watch out remembers those who just Some carriers saved for and get them going,” he so you didn’t hit them and had to have their paper. their children as they deliv- and after he graduated college, some spent their said. every once in a while you “I really remember an since no one wanted the ered. He only recalls one money on candy, soda and a While most carriers had older gentleman. He was a would,” he said. route, she said. time he became worried, movie. their first job throwing But more than anything really nice person but he “After he gave it up we which today makes him “My biggest thing was I papers, many went on to would just raise cane that a the memories families did it because there laugh. His daughter, love to read and there was successful careers including Heather, was on the route parent would let a girl pass shared folding papers and weren’t any kids who a bookstore up here in doctors, lawyers, mortidelivery are what people papers,” the 71-year-old wanted to take it over,” she alone. Someone called the town and I had all the cians, entrepreneurs, remember the most espeDonaldson said. house saying she was stuck said. Hardy Boys books and all teachers as well as many Donaldson said delivering cially for parents helping Weekend delivery for the in a tree with a German the Nancy Drew books,” other professions. their children, said Tim papers was much more Byers involved the whole Shepherd on the ground Donaldson said. Mary Allen’s son, Ted Byers, whose children than an after-school job, family loading the van and below. Byers also remembers Allen Jr., began delivering delivered in Bluffton in the rather a family affair. delivering the route. “She was up in the tree late 1980s and early 1990s. the responsibility it taught papers at five years old in “You just grew up with Sundays were special, not with about 35 papers. She the 1950s in the town of “Laughing, just spending his children. it,” she said. because the paper was had fired a couple down at “When the phone would Hume. time together. As much of a Bob “Cookie’ Miller much bigger, but rather it the dog,” he said. “That was a big thing. began delivering The Lima pain as it was getting them ring and someone would Many carriers also used gave the Byers a chance to News right after World War out of bed waking them up complain they didn’t get it He was making his own take their family to breakbikes to complete their under the overhang enough money,” she said. II. Today at 75, he still has early,” he said. routes and sometimes the fast. or it got wet, well, we saw Ted started out making fond memories of the paper Young entrepreneurs “It was a lot of work. bikes were passed down them grow up fast,” he $3.55 a month, bike money in families but not route. They still talk about the When there still were said. in the 1950s for a child, she always. “We would ride our bikes paperboys and papergirls, memories they made,” he Paper carriers will never said. around and we had a big said. those boys and girls col“They boys had a bike
Delivering newspapers offered route to success
ror some of the Stollys’ tales. He started in 1969, helping his older brother and sister with the route The insurance businesses that would eventually is a tough field. Demanding become his own. clients, slippery providers “I thought it was really and cut-throat competition cool to sort, roll, rubber for business come close to band, and load the papers making it a blood sport. in my knapsack and fling But for all its perils, at the paper to The Lima least there aren’t any News customers,” Swick chickens. said. “Of course each day The Stolly family has was a new adventure with been in the insurance busineighborhood dogs chasing ness for better than a cenyou for the paper while tury. But for the three delivering.” brothers who make up the For Swick, the lessons current generation of leadlearned on the route ership at Stolly Insurance, included a desire to be his some of the toughest trainown boss. In 1991, he ing came courtesy of a bought the Sharon Dairy Lima News paper route. King and has been the boss Mark, Tim and Bill Stolly ever since. delivered papers for The “Having a paper route Lima News during the late really taught me responsi1960s and early ’70s. Mark, bility, work ethic, and busithe eldest, started with the ness sense of why I wanted route along Makley Drive to own and operate my and Seriff Road in 1969, own business,” Swick said. eventually passing it on to If nothing else, the paper GAVIN JACKSON • The Lima News younger brothers Tim and route was a lesson in Bill. By the time Bill gave Former Lima News paperboys (from left) Mark Stolly, Bill Stolly and Tim Stolly of Stolly Insurance. endurance, said Cheryl up the route in 1975, the Brayton, who translated Some people were home, “Occasionally you had to took pity on Mark and Stolly brothers had earned stray chickens to deliver her experience sharing a the heavy papers. others weren’t. It didn’t cut people off and they’d drove him to finish up his some money and, more Westminster route with her “It was a good two hours. always matter. scream and yell at you. But route, the games of pickup two brothers into a successimportantly, a slew of life Then on Saturday morn“Just because they were you had to do that or end basketball with kids from lessons. ful career as owner of Red ings, when you finished home didn’t mean you up paying for it yourself,” the route, and the occa“I remember having to Tape Solutions and Presyour route, you had to ride would get paid. Sometimes Tim said. sional Christmas bonus. come home every day and tige Tax and Business Serthey would pretend they Even when customers did More importantly, there do papers after school. You down to The Lima News vices. were the lessons learned in couldn’t just take a day off and pay your bill. Of course weren’t home or they’d try pay, the money wasn’t “I think delivering newsyou’d always stop by the to pay you just part of it. great. The brothers differ the process, lessons the to play. You were accountpapers in the bitter cold Kewpee,” Tim said. Our route was pretty poor, over how much they made. brothers retained to today. while riding a 10 speed able. You learned that so we had a tough time col- Mark recalls that a $10 “You learned about early,” Mark said. The ‘fun job’ bike through huge lecting sometimes,” Mark profit was a good week for accountability. You had to Nearly four decades after snowdrifts while carrying Delivering was hard him. But Bill remembers it show up every day and if manning the route, the God knows how many work, but collecting on the said. Carriers had to pay for paying closer to $30. you skipped it you were in Stollys still have vivid pounds of newspapers prebills was the real struggle. the papers they delivered “It paid in character trouble,” Bill said. memories of their time pared me to be diligent to At that time, most subwhether they were paid or building,” Bill joked. “You met all kinds of peo- survive extremely long tax delivering papers. On scribers paid for their not. That meant a 12-yearThe route did give the ple and you learned how to seasons and working up to weekends, it was getting up paper on a weekly basis. old often found himself in brothers walking-around deal with everybody,” Tim and out by 6 a.m. to peddle Every Thursday the boys 100 hours per week” Braythe awkward position of money, and there were added. the more than 80-house ton said. “Kinda makes the would head out and knock negotiating with the adults other good moments; the route, dodging cars and Papers to ice cream paper route seem like a on doors to collect the 65 on his route. time a friendly customer dogs and the occasional walk in the park now.” cents they were owed. Tim Swick’s stories mirBy BART MILLS
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Families often passed down newspaper delivery routes
Being a newspaper carrier is often a family affair. The families below share their stories.
The Art family
Valery (Art) Conrad remembers her family delivering during the Blizzard of 1978, bringing the local and world news to the doorsteps of 300 customers. “We all claim fame to our solid work ethic that started with our paper delivery days in the ’70s and ’80s,” she said, explaining she went on to be a teacher in the Lima City Schools.
The Brown family
Donna Brown’s brothers had a leg up when they started delivering The Lima News many years ago. Her father was a typesetter at the paper in 1956. She even has a collection of old papers dating back to 1952, before she was born, when the cost was a nickel during the week and 15 cents on Sundays.
The Burg family Forty years ago the Burg family children were wellknown carriers at The Lima News. Eight out of 10 of the kids passed the routes, which included downtown delivery, through the ages.
The Burden family
Glenda, Dora and Shawn Burden — the children of Anita and the late Harold Burden — delivered 200 newspapers from grade school until college. THey had routes in Spencerville from 1981 to 1995.
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Fifteen-year-old John Siemer delivers The Lima News on Lima’s west side in 1983.
the town’s papergirls, so much so the priest who married her brought it up during the ceremony. She got her start as a carrier in 1985 when she was 12. When she started college, she passed it onto her brothers who delivered until the early 1990s when the paper switched to morning delivery.
The Guffey family
The oldest son of the Guffey family began delivering when he was 12 in 1984. At a young age he opened a checking account to manage his money and pay his bill, which was the start of a successful career in accounting.
Kalida’s paper girl
Becky (Bockrath) Lucke became famous in Kalida as
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Editorial page an advocate for freedom
By RONALD LEDERMAN Jr.
People should be free to do what they want, as long as they don’t infringe on other people’s rights, essentially harming them or their property. And government’s power should be limited to what is spelled out in the U.S. Constitution. There you have libertarianism, the editorial page philosophy of The Lima News. The Declaration of Independence says all men are created equal and that they are endowed by their creator with certain inalienable rights. Among those rights are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. (The “among these” part means all people have many more rights; life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are only a few of them.) Government’s job is to
“Hoiles was neither ‘right-wing’ nor ‘left-wing.’ His libertarian political beliefs arose from what he called the ‘single standard of conduct.’ This meant that one standard applied to all — that no amount of numbers makes a wrong thing right.”
— 2007 Reason magazine article on Freedom Communications founder R.C. Hoiles protect these rights, and then to do no more. This newspaper once was the voice of the local Democratic Party, and its editorial page is still often accused of being that — on the days it’s not accused of being Republican, anyway. The confusion is simple, as both major parties (and their mostly corresponding philosophies, liberalism and conservatism) sometimes express a belief in freedom. But libertarians — notice the lowercase “L,” as our editorial page believes in the philosophy, not necessary the political party of the same name — believe in freedom across the board. Advocating human liberty is what Freedom Communications founder R.C. Hoiles wanted his editorial pages to do. Reason magazine in 2007 explained Hoiles’ philosophy like this: “He was an advocate of no party or class, and his readers were often puzzled about how to pigeonhole him. Some saw his resolute opposition to unions (which he thought interfered with freedom to work under individually chosen terms), public schools and the welfare state as ‘right-wing.’ But Hoiles was
also one of the only journalistic voices who, at the time, thundered against the internment of people of Japanese ancestry in America during World War II. He was also a consistent voice for free and open immigration for those willing to make it in America through their own efforts. “Hoiles was neither ‘rightwing’ nor ‘left-wing.’ His libertarian political beliefs arose from what he called the ‘single standard of conduct.’ This meant that one standard applied to all — that no amount of numbers makes a wrong thing right. “If it wasn’t right for him to force you to do something at gunpoint, or to take money from you for some purpose you didn’t choose, then it wasn’t right for the government to do it, either. Thus he advocated individual liberty and free choice down the line.”
Letters column retains popularity over years
By JIM KRUMEL
Today. Fifty years back. A century ago. There has been one feature that has always been popular in newspapers — the Letters column. People love to express their opinions and read those of others. Twenty-five years ago, Lima’s newly built Civic Center had people sounding off. “How could anyone say the Civic Center is a ‘monstrous architectural edifice?’ ” a letter writer asked in October 1984. Fifty years ago, people wrote to the “Letter Box.” Unlike today, where letters must be limited to 275 words, writers faced no word limit, only the
Today’s practice of forbidding anonymous letters in print products has not kept people from writing. The Lima News is currently publishing more letters from readers than any time in its history. In 2008, there were 1,295 letters published on the Commentary page.
sharp pen of an editor. One of the hot issues in November 1959 was contract negotiations between “Railroad Management and the Brotherhoods.” Marion Bradley of Ridgeway used more than 1,000 words as he took on The Lima News for an editorial it wrote encouraging management to take a tough stance. “I realize that it will be very difficult, for such an amateur, as myself, to answer in writing, any editorial written by your professional editors.” In 1934, viewpoints were shared in a column called “‘Round Lima, Hour by Hour.” In 1909, it wasn’t unusual to see a letters published right beside a news story. That would be unlikely to happen today, with The Lima News being careful to keep opinion pieces on its Commentary pages, where they are separated from news articles. That is done because the news-
times during the past 125 years. Today’s practice of forbidding anonymous letters in print products has not kept people from writing. The Lima News is currently publishing more letters from readers than any time in its history. In 2008, there were paper doesn’t want to 1,295 letters published on take a chance that somethe Commentary page. one will confuse an opinThrough the first nine ion piece with a news months of 2009, there article, which is supposed have been more than 800 to provide facts without letters published. The hot ushering an opinion. topics this year include The Lima News the Lima mayoral race, requires the name of the economic news, health writer be published with care and almost anything each letter. We believe the to do with President public has the right to Barack Obama. know who is making the Most of the letters criticisms in a letter. That received today come via ehasn’t always been case, mail. Others are sent by as anonymous letters mail, dropped off or faxed were allowed at various in. All letters are verified
before publication. Writers are asked to include their phone number and address to help with this process. Any letter is subject to editing for length, clarity and grammar. Letters dealing with private disputes or containing criticism of private individuals or business are not published. The Lima News publishes almost every letter that meets the above guidelines, including those that are critical of the newspaper. Printing criticisms of the newspaper is important, we believe, especially since The Lima News takes a strong stance about the need for governments and people to be transparent.
Jim Krumel is the editor of The Lima News.
A message from Freedom Communications
JONATHAN SEGAL President Community Newspaper Division Freedom Communications, Inc. It gives me great pleasure today to congratulate The Lima News on its 125th anniversary. Freedom Communications, Inc. was founded in Ohio and The Lima News was one of the company’s first newspapers when it was acquired in 1956. Since that time, I know the paper has worked diligently to be a trusted source in the community for news and information. Over the years, The Lima News has received numerous awards for its news coverage, daresay, the number would be in the hundreds if someone had the time and inclination to do the research. I know, too, The Lima News has taken its responsibility for being a good corporate citizen to heart. Indeed, on several occasions it has been the recipient of Freedom’s national corporate award for “Community Stewardship.” It is anyone’s guess how Segal news and information will be delivered during the next 125 years — on paper, by satellite, over the web, on mobile devices, on electronic tablets — maybe even by mental telepathy. But however it is delivered, I have confidence that The Lima News will find a way to do it fairly and accurately in order to serve the information needs of the community.
IN THE NEWS: JULY 20, 1950
Congratulations Lima News on your 125th Anniversary!
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16 years at Lima News saw many changes
F WILLIAM POWER . Publisher, The Lima News 1975 to 1991 Current residence: Lima On Aug. 1, 1975, I followed E. Roy Smith as publisher of The Lima News. Smith had been publisher of The Lima News since 1962, but Freedom Newspapers was moving him to Colorado where he would head up a larger operation, the Colorado Springs Gazette-Telegraph. Like Smith, I also was with a Freedom Newspaper, coming from The Brownsville Herald. My 16 years as publisher in Lima saw the News go through many changes as well as cover some major news stories that are still talked about today. From the late 1970s and early ’80s, production of the News progressed from the old stable of typewriters and hot metal typesetters to cold type, word processors and the most computerized software available at the time. In 1977, a 20-year club was formed for the few associates who had reached that milestone of employment at The Lima News and/or a Freedom newspaper. They were honored with a dinner and each was presented with a 20-year Freedom pin. From a small beginning this group grew significantly through the years. The Blizzard of 1978 hit Limaland hard. More than 90 percent of the stores and businesses were closed. Only a skeleton group of News associates was able to get to work over a three-day period. Delivery of the newspaper was next to impossible. In 1981, the former News letterpress was replaced by a six-unit 96-page offset printing press that met with instant success with our subscribers and advertisers. In the early to mid-’80s, the Lima area became part the Rust Bowl in the Midwest with its factory closings, including Westinghouse and Teledyne Ohio Steel. The economy was at a standstill. There were no new retail store openings in the area for more than five or six years. Proudly, no associates of The Lima News were laid off during this period.
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Pressmen check the pages for print quality and make adjustments during a 1965 press run at The Lima News building on East High Street.
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New friends made tenure at Lima News enjoyable
beautiful trees. It was easy to adjust to the humidity and marvel at the beauty of the changing seasons (no real seasons in West Texas and California). I recall playing tennis at the Shawnee Country Club in November and thinking there wasn’t a more beautiful sight on earth. We built a house in Ten Hills and the children attended Shawnee schools, retaining to this day friends from school. A reminiscence of my time as publisher The main thing that fills my mind when of The Lima News (1962–1975) largely I think of Lima is the blessing of friends revolves around beloved friends made in made, many of whom are now gone to Lima. One of my favorite sayings, contheir reward. In my life, these were excepcerning my tenure in Lima, is that Midwestern people (Ohio, Indiana, downstate tional people who were found in unusual Illinois) are, corporately, the nicest people abundance, but I would like to rattle off a few of these names while omitting many in America. worthys because of space limitations. This conclusion comes from the First, my beloved neighbors Jack and informed experience of having spent years Susie Stechschulte and their passel of in California, Texas, Colorado and, of remarkable kids. Next Tom and Priscilla course, Ohio. Modest, kind, thoughtful, Tuttle. Tom of sterling character and dependable, sum up the run-of-the-mill Priscilla of great kindness. Add to this Buckeye. I arrived in Lima in the midst of a diffi- Natalie and Rob Heil, Mac and Sue cult competitive newspaper war. (Fellows, Basinger, Jim and Hope Strong, Lyman and Betty Strong and on and on. if you can remember the Lima Citizen, When I visited Lima in recent years and you don’t have to worry about being found a new clubhouse at Shawnee, I drafted.) sensed deep regret at the loss of the old During my days, we added significantly to our old downtown plant. The assembled clubhouse, stately and warm, in which so much wholesome fun was had. major department heads were the most I now live in the Hollywood Hills of Los competent group of individuals imaginable. So good at their tasks, I took several Angeles. I have as my next door neighbor Tim Allen (Tim, the Toolman) and a key people with me when I left Lima to neighbor on the other side is the lead publish the Freedom paper in Colorado dancer-singer with the Pussycat Dolls. We Springs. They were a classic example of wave to one another and occasionally have the axiom that all success in life consists short visits. But one thing they ain’t — an of is knowing in whom to put your confiOhio neighbor. dence. Count your blessings, Lima, Ohio. It When arriving in Lima in 1962 from the could just be you are in the center of as arid plains of the Texas Panhandle much paradise as we are granted in this (Pampa, Texas), I recall the shock of life. humidity and the pleasure of large and E. ROY SMITH Publisher, The Lima News 1962 to 1975 Current residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
Pressmen load rolls of newsprint onto The Lima News press in 1983. The sixunit offset press was installed in 1981. In 1982, the Wall Street Journal ran a front page story comparing the plight of Lima to the more prosperous ‘‘sister city” of San Angelo, Texas. Willie Nelson, a country music star and native Texan, came to Lima and gave a free concert to more than 35,000 people at the Allen County Fairgrounds. The Lima News celebrated a Century of Service to Northwest Ohio in the fall of 1984. The 100 year anniversary was observed with a special section in the newspaper, two days of open house with tours of the East High Street facility. It concluded with a dinner for all the News associates and their spouses. The anniversary dinner became an annual affair. Through the years, technology continued to play a larger and larger part in the production of the newspaper. The Associated Press began delivering its news and photos via satellite. Pagination and the make up of the pages was initiated and process color became a mainstay on a daily basis. PC computers were upgraded regularly. Today, The Lima News continues to be the No. 1 source for news and advertising in Northwest Ohio. It will be interesting to see how the product evolves over the next 25 years. During my 16 years tenure as publisher, we had a few bumps in the road. But all-in-all, it was a great experience. In many ways, our associates were like family. I was honored to be part of it.
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Newspapers evolving in computer age
the Internet will be prominent in that wider information platform. Relatively and over time, the traditional, daily printed newspaper will be less important to readers and advertisers and will be less significant for the overall business success of the publishing company itself. As newspaper companies restructure, redirect and re-energize their approaches to the market, some tried and true What is the future of the American strengths of the old business model still newspaper industry, especially of the will apply. Hardly new and certainly not hundreds of small to mid-sized commuunique to newspaper publishing, among nity newspapers like The Lima News? those concepts and best practices are The short answer: Nobody knows the these: future. • Stay focused on customers as the What is known is that the old business model for newspapers, based obvious key to success. Understand cuslargely on printed daily papers, is in tomers, try to keep customers and try to rapid decline. For well over a century find new ones. and a half and mostly through advertis• Provide information and other sering revenues, this successful business vices that are useful and relevant to readmodel has been how America’s large ers and advertisers. Help people to make and small newspapers have paid the sense of their world and to be successful costs of gathering and circulating the in it. news and information so vital to the • Keep and as necessary modify the daily lives of readers and of communibest of the old ways, while also adopting ties and entire regions. or inventing a host of new ways of buildThis model has been a primary vehicle ing the business. for local businesses to connect with cus• Win with people. That is, value the tomers. Ink-on-paper advertising has pro- people who make up the information vided an important go-between, a concompany. Encourage them, reward them necting point that helped fuel economic and see them as the key to innovation activities vital to those businesses, their and to new approaches for doing busiemployees, their customers and the com- ness. munities where they reside. • Continue to emphasize community And this traditional newspaper model service and support. Build positive comhas helped communities understand and munity relationships as leaders, supportimprove themselves over many decades. ers and volunteers with many of the good This old model of community-based, organizations and activities that make up newspaper enterprise journalism still is community life and progress in America. functioning and in most markets, includ• Recognize that newspapers are a ing Lima, still is generating significant business, yes, but they also are more revenues and reasonable profits. Today, than a business in terms of the unique though, newspaper revenues and profits services they provide. Honor and live up are falling as news consumers and adver- to the special responsibilities that come tisers increasingly are attracted to a with the role of a free press —- the role growing variety of competitive informaof the free media —- in our democratic tion services. republic. Publishers are facing the obvious need • Embrace change. Accept marketplace for a new, diversified media business realities, compete on a faster track, model. And at the same time publishers improve and innovate at every opportuare confronting the additional financial nity. erosion caused by a deep and prolonged • Expect and achieve quality with all economic recession. products and services that are part of the As publishing companies grow their new media company that can grow out of online ventures, continue to produce the traditional newspaper model. High printed newspapers and develop addiexpectations and excellence do matter in tional products and services to diversify today’s competitive marketplace. the audiences and advertisers they serve, • Make use of much of the available the road ahead looks to be as challenging and soon-to-arrive communications and and uncharted as the troublesome past production technology. With it, be more several years have been for the newspaefficient and creative internally and use per industry. evolving technology to connect with cusBecause newspapers and their staffs as tomers in new and better ways. of now are irreplaceable for the key serSo, back to the opening question: What vices they provide in the Lima region and is the future for American newspapers? all across the nation, it is fair to predict There are few easy predictions. Howthey will survive and perhaps thrive in ever, at least these two points can be the new, ever more competitive media made: As uncertain as the prospects may environment. It is also safe to predict look today, newspaper companies can that newspapers of the not-too-distant determine their own fate in the dynamic, future will be much different than they free-enterprise marketplace for providing are today. And the news, information and news, information and advertising. And advertising they provide will be distribthe opportunities are quite real for the uted to consumers across a variety of successful transition of what has been a channels. newspaper-based media business to a “Newspaper” will not necessarily or promising, yet certainly different tomorprimarily mean paper and ink. For sure, row. THOMAS MULLEN Publisher, The Lima News 1991 to 2000 Current residence: Colorado Springs, Colo.
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Editor’s assistant Merri Hanjora gets a copy of The Lima News special edition from press foreman Jack Hunt on Sept. 11, 2001.
9-11, Ohio winters made for memorable two years
was Sept. 11, 2001. Like everyone else, I was shocked and horrified. We published an Extra Edition that afternoon. We didn’t worry about the expense of doing so because we knew our readers wanted to get more information about what had happened. People wanted to “read” about the events of 9/11 despite all the TV coverage — they wanted to hold something tangible in their hands; they wanted something they could refer Lima will always hold a special spot in back to time and time again to get a betmy heart, even though I only spent two ter perspective of what had happened. It years there, moving because of a new opportunity in Freedom Communications. was our job and duty to give it to them. The newsroom did a great job setting Three things stick out in my mind: the their emotions aside to gather the inforOhio winters; being a newspaper pubmation, write about what was happening lisher when 9/11 happened; and getting locally in reaction to the events, and the newspaper more involved with the assemble a special edition in a short community. amount of time. Everyone at the newspaAfter spending most of my life in the South — I grew up in Texas and my news- per — from the newsroom, circulation, paper career took me to California, Missis- pressroom, advertising and composing — pulled together and performed like true sippi and North Carolina — the move to professionals. Ohio was the farthest north in which I The terrorist attacks shaped much of lived. Needless to say, the winters were tough. what happened during my tenure at The Lima News — the country went into an I moved to Lima in late fall, and one of anti-terrorism mode and the economy my first memories while house-hunting was seeing a man mowing his yard during tanked. Instead of focusing on growing a brief snow storm. A couple months later and expanding our business, I spent much of my time trying to cut expenses without I landed a ticket to a Browns game, but hurting our core business as our revenues didn’t make it because the temperature declined. was in the teens, the wind was blowing Still, we were able to move forward with and it snowed about six inches that mornone of my main goals: getting the newspaing. When I finally bought a home, I purper more involved in community stewardchased one with a heated garage with ship. The Lima News was one of the main drains in the floor for the snow to melt sponsors of the July 4th celebration, but I and run off — I had never thought about felt we needed to do more. Some of our things like that before. During my last winter in Lima, my snow removal bill was efforts including holding community events — cooking schools, parenting shows more than my lawn mowing bill from the and senior events. We started moving in summer before. One thing I miss about living in Ohio is the right direction and Steve Johnson did even more when he became publisher. the work ethic of the people. Everyone in Another goal was expanding our online the community I had contact with knew their business and were true professionals efforts, something Jim Shine continues to take to another level. — from the staff at the newspaper, to the I enjoyed living in Lima. Ellice and I met plumbers and community leaders. When you made an appointment for someone to some wonderful people and we had such a talented, hard-working group of associshow up at your home for a repair, they ates. were on time and did their job in a quick, The winters, however … I can do withefficient manner. out. A day I will never forget as publisher VERNON DEBOLT Publisher, The Lima News 2000 to 2002 Current residence: North Carolina
IN THE NEWS: OCT. 29, 1939
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ABOVE: Workers frame in the front of The Information Center, the new home of the Lima News. RIGHT: The Lima News press is moved into the paper’s new home. The Lima News officially moved from its home of 92 years on East High Street to Elida Road in April of 1995 while Thomas Mullen was publisher.
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Community newspapers here for the long haul
JAMES SHINE Publisher, The Lima News 2008 to present Current residence: Lima
KELLI CARDINAL • The Lima News
Congressman Mike Oxley, left, Matthew Darling, center, and Jon Collins prepare to test drive the new Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle during a 2005 press conference at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center in Lima.
Community challenges marked Johnson’s years at Lima News
since arriving as a newcomer: “What do you think of Lima?” Having lived and worked in large metro markets Los Angeles, San Francisco and Pittsburgh, it was easy to recognize the strength and values of a community this size and express them to residents who have not lived in larger cities. Often I heard from residents who moved away from Lima, only to return later because “it’s a great place to raise a famWhile I have been fortunate to have ily.” I agree totally with those comments worked for many first-class newspaper and that remains a strong factor on why companies during my career, my favorite my wife and I have chosen to continue to position is, and will always be, my tenure live and hopefully contribute here. at The Lima News as its publisher. I am sure many who read this have I had the privilege of serving as pubheard of the demise and troubling times lisher of The Lima News from December for the newspaper industry. Certainly, 2002 until resigning in January 2008. During my five years, I enjoyed being with newspapers have experienced the loss of readers and advertising to the Internet the many professionals who work day in and the present most difficult economy. and day out to provide this community And yes, the newspaper model is changing with a quality newspaper. I have often and evolving, but while the challenge is heard it said that a newspaper is a daily miracle. From my viewpoint, I would offer shared, it is more severe and readily not a miracle, but hard work by dedicated reported in the major metro markets. However, a local community newspaper people and a daily challenge. with trained reporters covering local During my years there we saw many events while facing the same challenges community challenges from the closing of will continue to be one of the main and Lima Correctional Institution to the possireliable sources for in depth local news. bility of closing the US Army Tank Plant, The strong newspaper journalism code of now appropriately renamed the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC). While ethics and the freedom of the first amendment will continue to provide the commuthe efforts to stop the closure of the LCI did not succeed, the same efforts and com- nity with a product that serves its citizens. Having the very high level of penetramunity energy put forth to keep the JSMC tion and readership within the community off the BRAC (Base Realignment and Clois an earned and important asset of The sure Act) closure list remains an example Lima News. And while you might not of how this community came together always agree with its reporting or editoriregardless of personal differences or politials, you always have the option to express cal parties with a united voice to make a your contrary views and opinions with letdifference. Task Force L.I.M.A (Linked In Mutual Alliance) was made up of local busi- ters to the editor. Critical or not, they get ness leaders, the Allen County Visionaries, printed. And I would ask myself where Allen Economic Development Group mem- else do you have this option in a free bers, county commissioners, Mayor Berger, democracy? My favorite quote about newspapers was Chamber leaders and members of this staff. given to me by the publisher of The Los All shared a common vision of traveling to Angeles Times on a wall plaque that Washington, D.C., on several occasions to meet with decision-makers and explain the always hung in my office. It reads, “… were it left to me to decide whether we value of the JSMC to the country and to should have a government without newsthis region. While this group cannot take the full credit for the non-closure, I remain papers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate to prefer the confident that without its work to share latter.” — Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to the community story, the results might Col. Edward Carrington (January 16, have been different. 1787). I enjoyed writing columns for the comTo the many present and past Lima mentary section on Sundays about issues News associates, I offer my thanks for and events in our community. The one I remember most was my first. I addressed their continued hard and dedicated work. It was my pleasure to serve. the question that I was often being asked STEPHEN JOHNSON Publisher, The Lima News 2002 to 2007 Current residence: Lima
People ask me how things are going at the newspaper a lot more often these days. They seem genuinely concerned about the current financial status of their local newspaper and its longterm future. Maybe it’s because they’ve been reading about the closing of newspapers across the country including major dailies in Denver and Seattle this year. Or possibly, the bankruptcy filings of newspapers in Philadelphia and Minneapolis or entire chains like the Tribune Company and Freedom Communications, the parent company of this newspaper. Maybe they’ve seen the changes in Detroit where The Free Press, the newspaper where I started my career, has cut back to three home delivered editions per week. I have to admit, when I think about all of that, it concerns me too. But then, I think about the importance of what we do every day, and it only strengthens my resolve to see this newspaper through this difficult and transitional period. The Lima News isn’t going away any time soon. Our business remains strong, though we have felt the impact of the recession just like every other business in the region. We have been forced to make adjustments to our operation that we expect will keep us viable for years to come. Certainly, things are changing. More and more people are reading us online and we now have more than 700 paid subscribers for our online newspaper product. These readers prefer to receive their news via the Internet, and I expect that number to grow in the years ahead. But, the vast majority of readers, and just about everyone I talk too, still prefer to get their news via paper and ink. That is the most common concern I hear: the fear that their printed newspaper will go away. It may some day, but hopefully not in my lifetime. While many will say they read news online, including The Lima News on
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The Lima News online. occasion, all tell me they prefer to read it in printed form. And it’s not just the traditional newspaper reader that feels that way. I was encouraged to read that college students overwhelmingly prefer their printed college newspapers to the online edition. Only 18 percent read the online version compared to 80 percent that read the printed version. This offers some hope for the future of the printed newspaper. Besides, there’s something about relaxing in the morning with a cup of coffee and reading the local newspaper. Doing that in front of a computer screen just isn’t the same. Further buoying my spirits is a recent survey by the Reynolds Journalism Institute at the Missouri School of Journalism on community newspaper readership. They found that 81 percent of those surveyed read a local newspaper each week, something local surveys we have conducted confirm. That’s why community newspapers have been able to weather the economic storm better than some of the larger newspaper markets. The events leading up to the local election brings all of this home. The newspaper has had a constant stream of candidates and issues proponents (and opponents) come in to discuss their political views and causes in the past few weeks. They realize the newspaper’s critical role in disseminating political information to the general public and the public’s appetite for that information. There’s no better way to get the issues and information out, in depth, than through the local newspaper. That’s just one of the many reasons I’m glad that we’re going to be around for the long haul. The world just wouldn’t be the same without us.
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Readers of The Lima News had to wait until the next afternoon just 25 years ago to see who won an important election, the verdict of a major murder case or learn about a community crisis. Now readers can know about it 15 minutes after it happens, thanks to its Web site, LimaOhio.com. The Lima News adapted to the World Wide Web and made it local starting in 1994. The newspaper launched a relatively simple Web site at LimaNews.com with contact information for the newspaper. Within months, the Web site began showing regional and national news, sports, weather and obituaries. It was limited to just five stories in each category, and stories vanished off the site once the new stories went online around midnight. Since those earnest beginnings in 1994, the site had eight different designs, each offering more and more to the site’s users. The newspaper switched its name to LimaOhio.com in 2002 to reflect its community functions beyond just providing news. In 2004, people could read an electronic version of the newspaper that looked just like the printed edition. Now LimaOhio.com is truly a portal to the community, including links to various community organizations, forums for readers to communicate, user-submitted videos, blogs and even an interactive community calendar. News remains the bread and butter of the site, though. Early in 2006, edi-
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Senior Content Editor David Trinko tweaks the video lineup on LimaOhio.com. The Lima News posts stories, photos and videos to the site throughout the day. tors began posting shorter versions of news stories, nicknamed “webbies” around the newsroom, as soon as possible. The editors and reporters remain committed to putting these stories online within 15 minutes of confirming a story’s veracity. That’s come in handy several times for readers seeking the latest information during crises. Readers came to expect updates after the fatal crash of a bus carrying the Bluffton University baseball team in Atlanta, flooding in Ottawa or brutal wind storms in Lima. Aside from immediacy, the newspaper also learned to shed its paper-and-ink image over time. In 2006, staffers began shooting videos to put on the Web site. Over time, it began offering videos of the newspaper’s sports reporters talking about the local scene, reporters talking about their projects in the Sunday newspaper and residents talking about their hobbies or jobs. In 2008, it began putting databases online so readers could parse the raw numbers behind stories themselves. LimaOhio.com began charging for its content in August. As always, it kept its faithful print edition readers in mind, giving them free subscriptions to all of the online content. The newspaper clearly isn’t just about paper anymore. Mobile phone users can pull up the latest headlines and stories while they’re on the go. They can also sign up to receive text messages whenever there’s breaking news. It’s challenging to guess where you’ll find The Lima News next. In the past year, it began delivering news to people via Twitter, Facebook and RSS feeds. The future likely revolves around portable electronic devices similar to today’s smart phones or Amazon’s Kindle. One thing’s for certain: The Lima News and its electronic editions will continue to evolve to meet its readers’ needs, just as they have for the past 125 years.
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The first floor of The Lima News at 121 E. High St. during the 1950s.
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Looking west at The Lima News in 1934. All the buildings in the foreground eventually were razed for parking.
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The Lima News lost its third story and gained a new second-floor ceiling in the aftermath of a 1955 fire.
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The Lima News during the 1960s with the conveniently located Swygart’s Restaurant in the parking lot just east of the building.
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The current home of The Lima News at 3515 Elida Road under construction in 1994.
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• Best Headline Writer: Kiarash Zarezadeh • Best Sports Photo: Don Speck • Best Full Page Layout • Best Page One Layout
From the Associated Press Society of Ohio
• Best Daily Sports Section • Best Special Section
Reporter • Best Investigative Reporting • Best News Writer • Breaking News coverage
Reporter/Columnist • Best Business Writer • Best Columnist
KELLI A. CARDINAL
Photo Journalist • Best Online Photojournalist • Spot News Photography
Sports Reporter/ Columnists • Best Sports Writer • Best Sports Event Coverage
Graphic Designer • Best Editorial Cartoonist • Best Informational Graphic
• General Excellence • Best Explanatory Reporting: Diane Pacetti and Denise Hunter • Best Editorial Writer: Jim Krumel
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