Community newspapers keep us in touch


As I typed another obituary this week, I was struck by the familiar names. Although I had never met the recently departed person, I knew the names of his family members. They are on the subscription list I print and review every week. It is a reminder of how community newspapers are still a vital part of small town life. We keep you up to date on what is happening in your hometown.

I, for one, feel honored to be a part of people’s lives at their highs and their lows. Part of my job is to typeset birth announcements, weddings, and obituaries.

As simple as these things may seem to a journalist, they are big moments in a person’s life. Sure, it’s not like uncovering Watergate. I’ll never win an award for what I do. But, I remind myself, what we at The Hub type is often cut out of the paper and glued in a scrapbook or placed between the pages of the family Bible.
Births, deaths, weddings anniversaries are all part of the cycle of life.
There is a cycle to life at  newspapers—actually, cycles both short and long.

The short cycle we follow each week as we speed toward print deadline on Tuesdays, then breath a sigh of relief when we send the pages to the printing plant early Wednesday morning. There is a larger cycle each year, too. Back-to-school stories, spring and fall tabs, graduation and holiday greetings all are part of the year-long schedule.

Each week, The Hub brings you the news you want to know: What is the council up to? Who is going to state? Who is getting married? Who has lost a loved one? How high will my taxes go?

This week, The Hub prints its first edition of Volume 124. The cycle starts again.