In March 11 Issue
We want to apologize to this community for all the media reports and our own reports concern an issue between the two newspapers in the county.
We apologize from the standpoint that newspapers should be spending their time and efforts promoting the community as well as watching and reporting events within, not creating the news trying to benefit themselves.
The two newspapers should not be taking the time of the fiscal court but should be working to improve the county.
This is not a complicated issue and the law is specific that the newspaper with the largest paid circulation carries the legal advertisements within that county. There has not been a question for several years as to which newspaper that is.
The law is specific and in fact the law was changed back in the 1990’s to stop newspapers from doing just what the other newspaper has apparently been attempting to do. It looks as if they have published, distributed, and/or gave-away a bunch of newspaper one week and then tried to claim the larger circulation.
David Thompson, President of the Kentucky Press Association sent a letter to the fiscal court, this newspaper and the other newspaper stating the exact line on the postal report that is to be used in deterring which newspaper has the largest circulation and KRS states it has to be a year average, not one week.
County Attorney McGaha read the above statement from the State Director of Newspaper Association to the fiscal court. With both newspapers being a member of that association we were quite surprised to hear the attorney from the other newspaper tell the fiscal court they should not pay any attention to this man.
Makes us wonder why the other newspaper would bother to be a member of that organization if the director knows not of what he speaks.
We have been asked many question about this issue and what’s the question or problem.
It appears to us the other newspaper is trying to claim as paid circulation several hundred newspapers they giveaway at our schools each week.
Those newspapers apparently are suppose to be a part of a Newspapers In Schools program and it appears the other newspaper’s delivery man drops these off in the lobby of our schools for anyone and anybody to help themselves. Not as addressed or mailed subscriptions.
One day we visited a school and found over two hundred of their newspapers in bundles on a bench in the school’s lobby and several bundles from the previous issue were found in the school’s trash bin, still unopened. If I were a sponsor of this program, this would not exactly be what I would have expected for my sponsorship. Plus, bulk program sponsorships are not legally paid subscriptions.
We are also checking with the Board of Education and if our school children need more newspaper than we already supply for the classrooms, we will be glad to furnish them.
If this is the foundation of the other newspapers claim for paid circulation superiority, we feel it is quite a black-eye for the newspaper industry for a member of the KPA to attempt such a claim.
We would like to applaud the members of our fiscal court for allowing us to speak with them and for listening and revoking their previous motion designating the paper with the larger subscription base.
We also thank County Attorney Mark McGaha for taking the time to research the law and for advising the fiscal court to revoke their earlier motion. We beleive Atty. McGaha advised the court in this manner at the earlier meeting.
The Times Journal has withdrawn its legal proceedings against the fiscal court and sincerely hopes this puts the issue to rest.