Archive for Thursday, November 4, 2004

Here’s The Current, Lansing’s new newspaper

November 4, 2004

Welcome to The Lansing Current.

This is the inaugural edition of a new publication that will be Lansing's hometown newspaper.

The Current is the newest member of a group of community newspapers in northeast Kansas published by Media West Communi-cations, a division of The World Company in Lawrence.

"We are pleased to be a part of this city," said Dolph C. Simons Jr., president of The World Company. "Lansing is a growing city in the fastest-growing part of the state. We share the community's desire to have excellent schools, beautiful parks, sound growth, clean and honest city government, good law enforcement, a diversified tax base and elected officials who are committed to helping Lansing become an even finer community in which to live, work and play."

The Current will be delivered each Thursday morning to homes in Lansing free of charge. Additional copies will be available at various locations throughout the city.

The goal of The Current will be to keep the residents of Lansing and the area informed about the events that affect them, their city and their neighbors, said editor John Taylor.

"We look forward to growing with the community and keeping readers in Lansing informed," Taylor said. "These are exciting times for Lansing. There are important issues ranging from schools to growth and development. We want to be the news source that residents look to whether it's in print or on The Current Web site, lansingcurrent.com.

The Current has a staff of six people, led by Taylor, a former news editor at the Journal-World in Lawrence. Other news staffers are Adrienne Newell, Chris Wristen, Ellyn Angelotti and Katie Bean. Bert Hull will handle advertising sales.

The Current is designed to give readers a comprehensive view of the community. Each week the paper will have pages devoted to sports, schools and commentary. You'll find calendars to help plan your time, and profiles of people who help define the community.

A Lansing native, Gene Young, will write a column on Lansing history.

The Current also wants to hear from readers. We invite readers to send in news releases, items for the community calendar, news tips and story ideas. Our phone number is 727-1525; the fax number is 727-1772.

"We want local civic groups, churches and school-related organizations to let us know about their events and programs," Taylor said. "We want to know about weddings, engagements, births, anniversaries. That information is an essential part of the paper."

Readers can reach The Current at this e-mail address: editor@newsmwc.com.

The Current also will be a news source for the community beyond its print edition. The Current's Web site (www.lansingcurrent.com) will be a timely source of news to the community as well. Look for daily breaking news updates, photo galleries, video clips, documents and other features designed to enhance our delivery of the news.

The Current's office is at 204 N. Main. Our staff is working to bring you the best weekly newspaper possible. We invite you to stop by and get acquainted.

The Current joins seven sister community papers in the Media West group: The Tonganoxie Mirror, the Basehor Sentinel, the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chieftain, the Shawnee Dispatch, the De Soto Explorer, the Eudora News and the Baldwin City Signal. The World Company publishes the Journal-World in Lawrence and operates Sunflower Broadband in Piper, Basehor, Tonganoxie, Linwood, Eudora, parts of Douglas, Leavenworth and Wyandotte counties, and in Lawrence.

Web sites for all the community papers can be accessed at www.newsmwc.com.

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