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9/6/2013 10:31:00 AM
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Two Cents, by Tim Timmons

The following is an unabashed promo for your local newspaper. Be warned.

Growing up in Noblesville was great for so many reasons. For me, one was the Noblesville Daily Ledger. There's just something about holding a newspaper in your hands . . . What can I say, I'm a newspaper guy.

Looking a bit deeper though, it's really been about the content, not the vehicle. I've mentioned more than a few times in this space that Don Jellison was my newspaper hero. Without even knowing it he had a big influence on a kid he never met. But Don wasn't the only one. I remember Ray Streib's photos. I remember columns from the owners. I remember Betty Childers. They all had an impact.

When I got started on the path to becoming a newspaper vagabond, first at the Lafayette Journal & Courier and later around the country, I had a boss who told me that you can't have a great community without a great newspaper. Conversely, you can't have a great newspaper without a great community. They go hand in hand.

If you really want to know the truth, even though I lived halfway across the country, I was saddened tremendously when I first heard the Ledger was going away. To be clear, there was no big announcement that the Ledger was closing. But when the former out-of-town owners announced they were moving the Ledger away from downtown Noblesville anyone who really understood the newspaper business knew that was the beginning of the end. And it was.

So fast forward a bunch of tons of newsprint later and here we are. You're holding The Times in your hand or reading it off an electronic screen and probably thinking, so what's his point? Hey, remember that I said this was an unabashed promo for The Times. Try to keep up. (I'm not sure what that really means but my wife says that to me a lot.)

There's no doubt that Noblesville and Hamilton County are great places to live, work and play. It's been that way, in part, because it's got an informed citizenry and a great dialogue about being proactive toward growth. The Ledger was a big helper in that conversation for many years. Now, hopefully, The Times is, too. Like a lot of you, I've enjoyed Don's writings on what's been going on with the county and downtown. I enjoyed Fred Swift's column on the same subject. Different subject, but Rick Holtz had an interesting piece about Noblesville Schools' planning for the future.

Those were all pretty serious subjects and each one was a treat for me as a reader and a concerned taxpayer.

But it goes beyond that. I'm a huge fan of Paula Dunn and Brad Cook's weekly offerings. Both take us on a wonderful journey into the past and do so better than anyone.

Then there are the columns from public officials like Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear and other city department heads. State Rep. Kathy Richardson gives us insight as to what is going on at the Statehouse, Jan Hart Baker and Teri Ditslear take us on different journeys, both involving the human spirit. Speaking of spirit, Richie Hall introduces us each week to a church and its goings on. And there's Times Publisher Tina West and her thoughts on life that often touch on growing up in Noblesville.

I'm not here to say that The Times is a great newspaper. That's not my call to make. But I will say that all of the above, combined with who's getting married, who passed away, who got arrested, who made the honor roll, who hit a home run last night or bowled a strike . . . those are all things that a local daily newspaper provides. Those are all things that make our community a little better. They are important.

In order to do that, any local newspaper needs businesses to advertise. That's why we have a sales staff that goes out in the community each day to respectfully ask for that continued support. It's all part of a process that enables us to give you a truly local daily newspaper.

OK, the unabashed promotion is almost over - only one thing left to say. Whether you are a reader or a business, please know that we appreciate your support and your reading this local newspaper very much.

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