At the same time GateHouse Media officials were telling Carthage Press readers the Neosho Daily News would be covering major Carthage news, they had already accepted the resignation of the Daily's managing editor.
That promise to Carthage readers appears to be nothing but a ploy to convince a few gullible Press readers that they could continue to receive their community's news by subscribing to the Daily.
The most recent edition of the Neosho Daily contained no mention of Carthage news and Carthage news.
The newspaper, as it should, had a page one filled with Neosho stories and Neosho and Newton County information on the inside pages.
The newspaper featured a farewell column from Managing Editor Todd Higdon, who had been with the Daily for 16 years.
When I made the decision to leave the Daily News, I had co-workers ask if we were moving. The answer is NO. I love this community, I have been a part of it for 47 years, growing up in Newtonia. Dad worked at CBT (Community Bank and Trust) for more than 50 years, he and Mom would shop locally and Tina and I are invested in this community. We have friends here, her job is close and it is a great community.
Once again, I want to thank you all for everything.
The newspaper includes a half-page house ad, extolling the virtues of the Neosho Daily News and GateHouse Media, which includes the following phrase:
In our world, trust means everything.
At the bottom of this ad is a scary, disturbing message about GateHouse Media:
America's largest publisher of community newspapers
My new book Newton County Memories writes about a time when community newspapers actually covered the community and includes some stories about the Neosho Daily News, as well as many of the colorful people, places and events that have made Newton County so special in my life.
The book is available locally at Granby Auto Supply and Hardware, Changing Hands Book Shoppe and Always Buying Books in Joplin and Pat's Books in Carthage. It can also be purchased online in paperback and e-book formats from Amazon at the links below.