GateHouse Media officials pulled the plug on the newspaper today, announcing the decision during a meeting that had been scheduled to talk over requests for the voluntary buyouts the company was offering.
Apparently, the buyout requests were accepted. Unfortunately, it appears Editor John Hacker and the people working at the Press will not have the opportunity to at least say a proper goodbye to the community. There will be no retrospective of the history of the Carthage Press, no tributes to people like Neil Campbell, Marvin VanGilder, Jack Harshaw, Corky Simpson and all of the others whose words kept the people coming back to their hometown newspaper for years.
Reportedly, the Neosho Daily News escaped the ax, though GateHouse officials appear bound and determine to bleed that newspaper dry.
I will have more to write about this.
For those who were offended by the headline, I apologize, but that newspaper and my time there mean a lot to me.