CARTHAGE — A city in southwestern Missouri that was recently left without a hometown newspaper will soon have two.
The Carthage Chronicle launched shortly after The Carthage Press closed without warning in August after more than 130 years in business, the Joplin Globe reported. The Chronicle is published by Sarcoxie Publishing Co. and offers subscriptions as well as free limited mailings.
Publisher and editor Paul Donley said this week that the Chronicle is building its staff of writers to cover the city just northeast of Joplin. The newspaper will offer subscriptions for $34.98 per year in Jasper, Newton and Lawrence counties and $44.98 per year elsewhere.
Rush-Hoover Media Group announced this week that The Carthage Press will return, but under local control. The newspaper was formerly owned by Gatehouse Media in New York. The locally run version will be delivered by mail weekly for free to every Carthage resident.
"We wanted to show the people of Carthage what we could do with a local newspaper not run by a large corporation," said Matthew Rush, president of the Rush-Hoover Media Group.
The group will rely on business sponsorships and advertisements for revenue, Rush said.
The Chronicle is released every Thursday and The Carthage Press will publish on Wednesdays.
Information from: The Joplin (Mo.) Globe, http://www.joplinglobe.com