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Current to cease print edition

March 27, 2008

The Lansing Current's run as a newspaper in Lansing has come to an end.

Today marks the 178th and final edition of the weekly newspaper, which was started in 2004.

"We enjoyed our time in Lansing and will always remember the relationships we forged with our readers," said John Taylor, the newspaper's editor. "In just a relatively short amount of time, we were able to bring prize-winning journalism to Lansing and to give its residents a newspaper they could be proud of.

"However, The Current's revenues could not sustain the expense of publishing the newspaper in the manner its readers came to expect. Ultimately, we had to make a very difficult decision," he said.

The Current has received recognition on both the national and state levels during its three and a half years of operation. In 2007, The Current won second place in its circulation division in the Nation's Best Non-Daily Newspaper Competition sponsored by Inland Press Association. The newspaper and its staff members also have won top honors in the Kansas Press Association's Awards of Excellence competition.

While the newspaper is ceasing publication, its Web site, lansingcurrent.com, will continue to operate.

"We will continue to provide on our Web site coverage of the County Commission, plus sports and other events of interest that are staffed by our sister papers in Leavenworth County," Taylor said. "We invite the city of Lansing, Leavenworth County, Fort Leavenworth, the school district and community residents and organizations to provide announcements, meeting agendas, briefs, photos and other material. We will be looking for press releases, photos and photo captions, calendar items and news briefs from the community."

Submissions can be sent through the Web site or may be e-mailed to jtaylor@theworldco.info. The site also will include classified and display advertising.

At this time, The Current will maintain its office at 204 N. Main St., although it will not be staffed on a full-time basis. Members of The Current staff have been offered other employment with the newspaper's Lawrence-based parent company, The World Company.

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