Exciting things are happening in Owen this week and will be continuing to happen in the coming weeks and months!
As many of you already know, last Friday Nathan LePage, former editor of the O-W Enterprise newspaper, exercised his option to purchase the paper from its long-time owner, TuMarx, Inc. The three employees of the paper were laid off from their jobs and declined an offer to reapply to work for LePage’s corporation, NJL Media, LLC.
“We kind of saw the handwriting on the wall,” Travis Rogers, Jr., editor of the O-W Enterprise prior to LePage’s buy-out of the weekly paper. “So Nicole and Judy and I started talking among ourselves about what we would do if and when it came about. And since newspapers are what we do, we began to wonder if it might be possible to start a second paper here in Owen.”
When word of the sale of the paper spread in the community, Rogers, Jr., said, “We had people approaching us and offering their good wishes. And some people offered to invest if we decided to start a newspaper.”
Rogers, Jr., has been busy all week planning the huge new endeavor. He said they hope to roll out their new paper in one to two weeks. He has asked me to join their team as a reporter, covering the Owen Common Council, the Withee Village Board, and the Green County Board of Supervisors. He will continue to cover the O-W School Board meetings.
Life can certainly take some interesting turns, just when you least expect them. This, I think, is a very exciting turn for me!