As many of you know by now, The Times Bulletin will be going to one day a week starting Sept. 4. If you’re reading this online, it won’t affect you, as we will still post online news daily. For many who are reading this in print, I know this isn’t news you want to hear; it’s not news that really any of us want to hear, but this is not uncommon for print products in the 21st century.

So often in this column I’ve spoken about supporting local businesses, especially the local paper. I can’t possibly reiterate enough how important that still is – even more so really. After 175 years, The Times Bulletin is still here and I’m hoping that despite yet another cut in the news industry, you will continue to support us.

I love my job. For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to be a writer. As a teenager, I thought The Times Bulletin would be a great place to start. When I began working here I thought I’d hurry up and gain enough experience to leave. Now, I plan to be here as long as possible. I’ve truly grown to love this newspaper and the people in this community.

Every week I meet new and interesting people. I have people email me, call me, and come to the office to tell their stories or give me an idea. No one else in the area is writing the stories I write. No one else is telling the story of a 97-year-old World War II veteran in Van Wert who helped liberate a concentration camp, no one else is writing a story letting people know how they can help a 3-year-old girl in Van Wert raise money for a service dog, no one else is telling the story of a Delphos teenager who drove his car into a tree trying to kill himself. You won’t find these stories anywhere but The Times Bulletin.

I’m not blind to other news sources – sure, you can find City Council, Board of Education meetings, and ribbon cuttings elsewhere, but judging by the viewer statistics on our website and the comments I get from readers, those aren’t the stories that touch people the most. No one, and I mean no one, is doing the feature stories and human interest stories that Jim Langham and I write. Jim and I strive to make our writings unique. We do the best with what we have and we will continue to do so for as long as there are people willing to read.

The Times Bulletin has been telling the stories of the people who live and work here for 175 years. Even at one print paper a week, we will continue to do that. So please consider, that while you may be able to get general news from other newspapers, there is so much more that a local paper like The Times Bulletin offers that others do not.

Subscription prices have been adjusted to make sure people are still getting a good value. At this point, it costs very little to support your local paper. If there’s something you specifically like to see in the paper, let me know. I rarely say “no” to ideas and the only way I really know what readers want to see is if they tell me.

I deeply care about this paper and this community. Whatever form The Times Bulletin takes, I will still care and hope it thrives. Since working here my motto has become “Local Journalism Matters,” and I believe that whole-heatedly. It truly does and I hope people realize that before it’s too late.