“Desperate times call for desperate measures.” According to Wiktionary, this phrase likely originates from a saying of the ancient Greek physician Hippocrates, which appears in his Aphorisms: "For extreme diseases, extreme methods of cure, as to restriction, are most suitable." We’re in desperate times.
By now, virtually everyone reading this has been dramatically impacted by the global coronavirus pandemic. And by now, everyone reading this realizes things are going to get worse before they get better.
With that in mind, you’ll notice a few changes being made in the newspaper this week. In the coming weeks, you’ll probably see even more.
While our staff has always taken pride in bringing readers local news—news you can’t get anywhere else—the ongoing pandemic is forcing us to become “hyper local.” What does that mean? It means we are now super focused on bringing you just the most important local news each week, which means some of the other things we normally print will have to be temporarily sacrificed in print in order to make sure we can continue to bring you the most important news.
While some things will be missing from your printed paper for the foreseeable future—things like the outdoor, education, sports, entertainment, government pages, and guest editorial and letters to the editor that are not locally focused that would normally appear on this page—please keep in mind these changes are being done out of necessity in order to make sure we can continue to bring you the local news that is most important to you, especially under the current situation.
We encourage you to look to our website, www.threeriverspublishing.com, for articles that are not be appearing in print, including our regular outdoors features from Bill Cooper and Larry Dablemont. Anything we have normally printed that is no longer in the paper will be on the website and open for everyone to read. You will also find extensive coverage of state and regional issues involving the coronavirus pandemic, along with our own local coronavirus coverage. All our coronavirus coverage will be available for everyone to read.
To help you with your social distancing efforts, we are also encouraging all our readers who normally purchase a newspaper in local stores each week to strongly consider getting a subscription in order to get home delivery. Our current best subscription deal can be found on our website and it will give you full website access and a printed paper in your mailbox every week for one full year for $24, plus tax.
Remember that we are here to keep you informed about what is going on in our community! And together, we’ll make it through this.
Education comes to the Star
Steelville Schools Superintendent Mike Whittaker approached me recently with a unique idea—bringing educational assignments to students through the newspaper each week while schools remain closed. The program kicked off in this week’s Steelville Star-Crawford Mirror.
The school is bringing two full pages of educational assignments to students each week for the next four weeks (perhaps longer if social distancing rules remain in place) and the Steelville Star is being mailed to students’ families so they can continue their education at home. We are excited about the project and hope students and their families will utilize the newspaper to keep learning while we are all social distancing.
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