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With closure of DC office, production will move to Columbus

The past decade or so has brought a dramatic flux in the newspaper business, as the Internet and now mobile devices have brought an inescapable flood of news and information.

Partly as a result of that flux, the office of The Banner-Press at 339 E Street in David City is closed, effective January 26.

The past few days have been tough for our staff. The roots of this newspaper and its offices go back more than 145 years. As long as there has been a David City.

Given all the change we’ve seen, the office closure isn’t totally unexpected. It was not a matter of if, but when, the cost of maintaining an office here no longer made business sense.

We must be crystal clear as news of the office closure spreads: The office is closing, but the newspaper lives on. Several options were weighed, and it was decided that keeping an office was not feasible.

Any explanation won’t likely matter much to our many friends who have stopped in at our little office here, to buy a happy ad, to drop off a press release, to buy a paper and share thoughts on the weather.

We’ve shared many good times here.

But this is the reality of newspapers today. As in many businesses, advances in technology and changes in society have forced additional changes in newspapers.

We can’t state this more strongly: The Banner-Press will continue to serve this community, and I will continue my service through this newspaper. Newspaper production, the assembly of stories, photos and advertisements, will take place at our regional office in Columbus, Nebraska. The stories will be Butler County stories, however.

As we forge ahead, we’ll be reaching out to community leaders and asking for their input. Discussions with news sources and readers will be key to our efforts. Many of our partners already contact us through email and by phone, and even Facebook, so the closure won't change those connections.

The question, moving forward: How we can make The Banner-Press the best it can be? We treasure our longtime relationships in the community, and we will strive to improve those ties. At the end of this article you’ll see contact information that you’ll want to keep. We will include reminders.

Within Lee Enterprises, we will be talking to our teams in other communities where dailies and weeklies work together in a common production facility. Such operations are more common than most people think.

On a personal level, I wish to express my deep gratitude to all the employees – friends – those during my time here and those who worked here long before, who have helped make the newspaper a special part of the community. Thank you for your dedication and hard work.

I can’t predict what the future holds, but I can assure you that we will continue to serve our readers and advertisers.

 

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

Here are important numbers you will need to contact The Banner-Press news and advertising departments. Please make a copy of this information so that we can better meet your needs during this transition. 

NEWS

Send news tips, story ideas, photos and other news content to news@thebanner-press.com

Send sports information, story ideas and other content to sports@thebanner-press.com

Reach Editor Larry Peirce at lpeirce@thebanner-press.com

ADVERTISING

Reach Monica Polivka, sales representative: advertising@thebanner-press.com

Send Classified Ads to: TGreisen@columbustelegram.com.  Phone 402-563-7555

Send Legal Ads to: TGreisen@columbustelegram.com. Phone 402-563-7555

CIRCULATION

To pay subscriptions, report missed papers or other circulation questions, please call our call center at 1-877-680-6397

BILL PAYMENTS

To pay an advertising bill, or general questions about bill payments, please call Julie Kracl at 402-563-7559.

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