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Surprise! It’s a newspaper

By Richard Greene | Published Saturday, April 14, 2018
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Like many Wednesdays before, you will open your mailbox next week and find a copy of All Around Wise.

While many of you will flip through it, the first inclination for some will be to quickly dismiss it as the same old, same old. But before you toss it, I urge you to crack it open. You’ll be surprised by what you will find – news and sports, along with human interest features.

Richard Greene

Richard Greene

As we made public earlier this week, All Around Wise is now becoming the midweek version of the Messenger, and it is going to be free to all Wise County residents.

FREE? Have we lost our minds? Yeah, probably a long time ago.

But as community journalists and people that truly love our hometowns, we are excited about the opportunities the change will present. Getting a chance to share information with more than 27,000 people each midweek is an amazing opportunity and not one we take lightly.

Today more than ever, it’s important to get factual and accurate information to the masses. It’s something we are dedicated to doing. It’s why we spend countless hours attending meetings and providing information on changes in utility rates, zoning, taxes and other items that affect our daily lives.

And as journalists dedicated to covering our communities and schools, nothing hurts us more than someone in the public saying, “We didn’t know” about a council or school board decision. With our increased reach each midweek, we are hoping to avoid some of the surprises by providing this valuable information to everyone.

We also hope by getting this increased coverage each week in All Around Wise, we can convince you to join our family as subscribers and get the weekend edition. It will be the best place to keep track of the new shops or restaurants coming to town in “Taking Care of Business” or to find out who had a baby or is getting married on our lifestyle page.

We hope you enjoy the changes and the new and improved All Around Wise. To our many subscribers and loyal readers, thank you. We truly cherish you. We also appreciate any feedback and look forward to serving the community for years to come.

Richard Greene is editor of the Wise County Messenger.

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