The signs are gone.
But we are still producing a paper for Clarinda.
Last week marked the one-year anniversary of the relocation of the Herald-Journal to Shenandoah. The newspaper had been in a leased, Clarinda office space but as print journalism across the country rides the waves of the economy, shopping and retail trends and social media, the Herald-Journal had to make changes to continue to have a future.
The Herald-Journal moved into sibling paper Shenandoah Valley News, all under a roof owned by the Berkshire Hathaway, the parent company of the two newspapers, Essex Independent and Weekly Times shopper. Every Page County publication is in the same building.
Clarinda to Shenandoah is a 20 mile drive, but the Herald-Journal is still telling the stories of what happens at Cardinal games, city council meetings, Page County government news and other events in town and eastern Page County.
We know we have missed things, mainly the unusual or unique picture opportunities. (The transportation of wind turbine parts through Page County included a truck driver who made a wrong turn and ended up with his oversized load on the Clarinda square. Fortunately, the driver’s skills and some polite motorists were able to get him out of the tight spot and on to his destination.)
Coincidence or not, the Herald-Journal has kept up with the speculation wind turbines will be erected in the near future in Page County.
We know moving has probably been a nuisance for many of our readers and followers. We know how they feel as our staff is more conscience of scheduling and time management to meet with people in Clarinda and have time to get back to Shenandoah to get the work done.
What has been a wealth of help are the people who have helped us.
For example, those involved with Immanuel Lutheran’s 150th anniversary celebrated this month were willing to visit the office and bring us the pictures and information for the preview stories.
We know there have been Clarinda-area people who have had appointments and meetings in Shenandoah and have found the time to stop by the office to drop off things for us to use.
Thank you for all your support.
No matter if the office is 20 miles or 200 miles, we will continue to serve the Clarinda community.