Less than two weeks after the Carthage Press shut its doors, a new paper is up and running – and another could soon be going to print.
It’s a lot of change in just a few days, especially when you consider the Carthage Press had been in operation for 140 years. It’s a loss many in the community want to see change.
“Leave a void in Carthage. I think we have a community big enough to support a paper,” says Denise Rohr.
It took just a few hours for Paul Donley to come to the same decision – starting work on the Carthage Chronicle.
“We were as shocked as anybody else zero warning,” says Paul Donley with the Carthage Chronicle.
The first issue hit the mail barely a week after the Press shut down – relying on work from sister publications in Sarcoxie, Carl Junction and Pierce City.
“This was put together in a hurry with very very limited resources 448 and limited content,” says Donley.
Something he expects to grow in what will be published at least weekly. But the Carthage Chronicle isn’t the only potential replacement. Another effort is underway in Carthage to open a newspaper based in town.
“There needs to be a paper in this town, there needs to be a locally owned, locally produced paper,” says John Hacker, a Carthage reporter.
Still too early for a name – John Hacker and other supporters are researching the right fit.
“There’s an online survey trying to find out what Carthage residents want,” says Hacker.
Hacker envisions a weekly newspaper with online platform, a proposal he says it getting strong support in the community. But the final product is still in the works, an outlook Paul Donley agrees with.
“Kind of do it the southwest Missouri way – you look at the checkbook if there’s money you’re doing something right, if there’s not you’ve got to do something different,” says Paul Donley.
The second issue of the Carthage Chronicle will be pushed out later this week. If folks want to take the survey about the second potential newspaper, we’ve got that link here.