Same name, same service, new home

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By Jonna Spelbring Priester

I know that by now, what I’m about to say is no great secret. The Henry County Local is moving.

Next month, we will move from our current location at 1378 Eminence Road, pleasantly located between Eminence and New Castle, to 18 South Penn in Eminence.

We will remain open for business in our current location until Feb. 25. On Feb. 26 and 27, we’ll move and settle in to our new home.

Our name will not change, nor our committment to cover the news and community of Henry County. We simply are moving to a building that better suits our needs.

While we love our current location, it simply has issues that we, and our parent company, can’t fix.

This has been home for at least 20 years. It was 36 years ago that Local manager and editor James Owen and his staff were offered the use of the Dairy Castle’s dining room to set up their typewriters to produce the first issue of the paper after the paper’s Main Street, New Castle location was destroyed by fire.

The building we leave has a storied history. Many will remember the Local as the old Dairy Castle Restaurant, some as the old Silver Diner.

While there exists, for some in our community, an invisible division between Eminence and the rest of the county, rest assured — just because we move to Eminence does not mean we will stop covering the rest of the county.

The county’s other cities still are an integral part of our community, regardless of where we do our work.

As you come to the Local in the coming weeks, you’ll likely find lots of boxes filled with files and papers. We’re giving our dumpster quite a work out, and I’ve harvested more binders, paper clips and binder clips from old filing cabinets than I can count.

Perhaps the most interesting thing I’ve found in the course of my cleaning has been a copy of the March 1, 1973, front page. That was the first issue of the paper after the fire.

We will open the doors of our new office almost 36 years to the day after the Main Street location burned.

I hope that in the coming weeks, you will share your memories of this building, and the Local, with us. I look forward to sharing your stories.

Jonna can be reached at editor@hclocal.com