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Cookies and coffee at the World office for St. Patrick's Day

May the ‘Luck o’ the Irish’ be with you!!

Stop by the Hiawatha World office on St. Patrick’s Day — Tuesday, March 17 — for cookies and coffee and to sign up for our Customer Appreciation give away of a sixth month subscription.

This is part of our quarterly give away the Hiawatha World has launched this year and the winner for the first quarter will be announced April 1.

Our readers can also enter our drawing once a day online at the following link: https://www.hiawathaworldonline.com/customerappreciation/#//

So stop by between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and say hello, grab a St. Patrick’s Day treat and sign up for our subscription give-away. This is for anyone! If you are a current subscriber and happen to win, we will extend your current subscription by 6 months!

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Dispatcher recognized; fallen deputy remembered at county meeting

A Brown County dispatcher was recognized for her quick thinking on the event of a fatality accident at Monday morning’s Brown County Commission meeting. In addition, 20 seconds of silence was observed in memory of a fallen deputy.

Brown County Sheriff John Merchant and the family of Andrew Kreek were present to present dispatcher Paige Powell a certificate of recognition to dispatcher Paige Powell for her quick thinking during a wreck at midnight on Nov. 16 2019 that claimed the life of 16-year-old Ian Miller and caused serious to critical injury of the other 4 teens in the vehicle.

Merchant said Powell took the initiative to dispatch multiple air ambulances to the scene, just a few miles west of Hiawatha at the juncture of Horned Owl and U.S. 36 Highway. He said this quick action is credited with saving the life of Andrew Kreek, driver of the vehicle, who sustained critical brain injuries in the wreck, in addition to other injuries. He was transferred to KU Medical Center, as was two other passengers.

Kreek and his mother were on hand for the presentation and to personally thank Powell.

Also at Monday’s county meeting, a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of Deputy Todd Widman, who was killed in the line of duty on March 1, 2000 after picking up a run away juvenile from New York. The juvenile shot and killed Widman, who had been employed with the Brown County Sheriff’s Department for 2 years, as he was driving his patrol vehicle.

County Attorney Kevin Hill requested 20 seconds of silence in remembrance of Widman.

Letter from News-Press publisher

Dear Readers,

If you’re reading this, chances are you’re a loyal reader and home delivery customer of News-Press NOW. We are grateful for your readership and support of local journalism and today want to share some very important news regarding changes to our print delivery program in the upcoming year.

By midyear it is our plan to launch a hybrid publishing model of print delivery paired with digital delivery via our digital replica of the printed paper, the eEdition. In this hybrid approach, the eEdition is digitally published and delivered daily whereas the printed newspaper will be printed and delivered to your home (and single copy locations) four days per week. The decision regarding days of print delivery have yet to be finalized.

Why are we making this change that affects so many loyal readers who have had ingrained habits of opening a printed newspaper each morning? Coincidentally, 2020 is the 175th year (with a short interruption for the Civil War) a newspaper has been printed for our community and area.

It’s no secret that the newspaper industry has been disrupted by the digital age. The evolution of technology and explosive growth of social media platforms have changed the way consumers interact with news and information. Since the recession of 2008, upwards of two thousand newspapers across the United States have shuttered due to losses in advertising and subscriber revenue and, in many of these cases, left communities with no reliable means in which the activities of local schools, city halls or county courthouses are reported.

Again, why are we making this change? Simply put, to counter this trend and prepare News-Press NOW for a sustainable future, in which a staff of well-trained journalists prepares comprehensive and timely coverage — in print, on air and online — of news and events in the communities we serve.

There’s no doubt that embracing the hybrid publishing model creates a more economical way to deliver content but also introduces readers to our robust eEdition platform that offers a reading experience that the printed newspaper cannot. The e-Edition, available to be read on your smartphone, desktop or tablet is full of crisp color pages, extended photo galleries and video, enlarged text options and so much more. The e-Edition offers an unparalleled newspaper reader experience that News-Press NOW is eager to showcase.

Much work is yet to be completed in preparation for this change. News-Press NOW is committed to keeping you informed along the way. We appreciate your support and look forward to the next chapter of our community newspaper.

Submitted by Stanley Nelson

Stanley Nelson snapped this photo of a flock of geese taking flight at sunset near the Hiawatha Airport, north of town on the evening of Feb. 26.

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News-Press to drop printing, delivery days

(News-Press NOW is the parent company of the Hiawatha World. No changes are planned for the Hiawatha World service, however there are many News-Press subscribers in our area that will be affected by the following information.)

News-Press NOW announced to its employees Friday morning that the newspaper would decrease the days it prints and distributes a physical copy of the newspaper to subscribers.

Newspaper executives said Friday that it will continue to publish a newspaper seven days per week online and in its eEdition and print four days a week.

The announcement follows a trend of newspapers across the country that are eliminating costly printing and distributing by moving to a digital platform. Earlier this year, four newspapers in Maine ceased producing a newspaper and instead are offering a digital version.

Stacey Hill, Chief Operating Officer NPG Newspapers, wants to assure the community that the News-Press’ mission to publish news and information every day is not changing.

“We’re not abandoning print, we’re evolving the business model,” Hill said.

The Kansas City Star announced in December that it would cease printing on Saturdays. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, based in Little Rock, offers a physical copy of the newspaper on Sunday only.

The eEdition is available for all subscribers and has the entire newspaper in digital form with photo galleries and video attached that allows readers to take news on the go.

“It’s a reader experience that print can’t offer,” Hill said. “Everything’s in color and you’re able to share articles with the touch of a finger in the eEdition.”

Hill said the News-Press is committed to investing in its employees and providing the best news opportunities and experience to its readers.

“We’re making these changes so we can add staff to support journalism,” Hill said.

More information regarding printing days and resources the News-Press is providing to readers will come mid-March.

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City employees, commissioners undergo ALICE training

On Thursday and Friday, Hiawatha Police Department’s Captain Dennis Entrikin will train the city commissioners and employees in ALiCE, a civilian active shooter response training.

ALiCE is a training solution complete with participation scenarios along with a presentation. The goal of the training provided by Captain Entrikin is to instruct as many city employees as possible. As part of the training, City Hall will close at 12:30 p.m. on Friday the 6th so the commissioners, employees and court personnel can attend and train in their own workplace environment. The local fire, EMS, and law enforcement are also invited to attend. While the training’s focus is for civilians, it is important for emergency services to know what is being taught to civilians and to understand how to respond accordingly.

“I am pleased to see the city take a proactive approach to training all of the employees to improve safety in the workplace,” Cpt. Entrikin said. “This training will also help prepare them to react and respond to an active shooter incident anywhere they may go. I firmly believe that ALiCE is an excellent training aimed at reducing the casualties associated with these heinous types of crimes.”

The City would also like to apologize to the citizens for any inconvenience closing for the afternoon of Friday, March 6 may cause; however, city officials believes that this training is of paramount importance. The city is also appreciative of the First Baptist Church in Hiawatha for the use of their building for part of the training.