Archive for Thursday, March 2, 2000

The News: A new era in publishing

March 2, 2000

Much has changed since Bert and Vickie Hull began providing Eudora with its source for news more than a decade ago. This once-small community, still small when compared to its neighbors to the east and west, is in the midst of dramatic growth.

Growth in population.

Growth in industry.

Growth in identity.

Growth.

Consider The Eudora News a microcosm of the town it covers. Today, The Eudora News enters a new era.

The World Company's purchase of The Eudora News takes the weekly publication to a high-tech, four-color level. However, the groundwork put in place by the Hulls - the very principles of small-town journalism - will not be forgotten. In fact, those same practices will be followed on a daily basis by an expanded staff, which will allow for more comprehensive coverage of this thriving community.

"The Eudora News will continue the work of Bert and Vickie," said new publisher Dan Simon. "We're grateful for their hard work and are excited about the opportunities in Eudora. We look forward to being a part of this community."

The Hulls began operation of the Eudora News in 1989. Prior to that, Bert Hull had worked in of the Lawrence Journal-World and before that the Hulls owned and operated a weekly publication in Little River, Kan. They also started a weekly paper in neighboring DeSoto two years ago that was included in the sale to the World Company.

The Hulls made the decision to sell last month after coming to the realization that it was becoming increasingly hard to keep up with Eudora's rapid growth. Meanwhile, more than 10 years of constant work without vacations, the need to hire additional employees and purchase more modern equipment and a desire to travel and consider other business possibilities factored into their decision.

It was no longer feasible for a husband-and-wife team to stay in business, Bert Hull said.

"Bert realized that to stay in business, he would have to invest quite a bit of time and money," said World Company co-managers Dan Simons and Dolph Simons III. "At this point in his life, that was a tough decision. We will invest the time and money to take this publication to the next level."

The World Company, a private, 108-year-old family-owned company, is the parent company of the Lawrence Journal-World. The Lawrence-based company also owns the Tonganoxie Mirror and the Baldwin Signal in addition to Sunflower Cablevision.

Simon, a former adviser at The University Daily Kansan who has extensive experience in the newspaper industry, will concentrate on making The Explorer The News the best possible paper for the DeSoto Eudora area by being as fair, accurate and unbiased as possible.

The Simons brothers emphasized the new publications in DeSoto and Eudora will be totally separate operations.

"Bert and Vickie have spent 11 years developing and growing the DeSoto Explorer and Eudora News," said Dolph Simons Jr., editor and publisher of the Journal-World. "They have worked tirelessly and we plan to build on their hard work and their commitment to the communities Eudora and DeSoto."

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