The resignation of Randy Cope from his position as co-president and co-chief operating officer of GateHouse Media was finally addressed in today's Neosho Daily News. Cope, of course, was a longtime publisher of the Daily and his family, on the Cope and Bush sides, had been involved with the Daily for the past 55 years.
The Daily waited until the effective date of his resignation, which was today. The information became public one week ago when GateHouse Media filed the news of Cope's resignation with the Securities and Exchange Commission:
“Randy’s service to this newspaper was vital to its success,” (Daily Publisher Rick) Rogers said. “Even though the Cope and Bush families will no longer be directly involved in the newspaper, they will always have a place in our family. This newspaper would not be where it is today without the leadership provided by Howard Bush, Ken and Anne Cope, and Randy Cope. It is now our goal, as the current staff of the Neosho Daily News, to continue the tradition of publishing a strong daily newspaper with important local news content, with a value to our advertisers, and as a source of information to our readers.”