As 2016 draws to a close, we are reminded that family and community are vitally important to our way of life. At The Lincoln County News, we focus on bringing this community the best news and professional journalism. Like all businesses in the area, we live and thrive based on the success of our community. We are locally vested and work to make this a vibrant area to live, work, and visit. We consider ourselves synonymous with the community – we could not exist without it – and work to offer the community a benefit of spreading news that focuses exclusively on the local.
You may have noticed our masthead states that The Lincoln County News is the only weekly newspaper locally owned, printed, and published in Lincoln County. Our company is owned and operated by a local family, staffed by local employees, and printed right here in Lincoln County. We have been locally focused since the first editions of our founding publications, The Village Herald, Lincoln Record, Pemaquid Messenger, and Sheepscot Echo. The Waldoboro Press was also merged into The News in 1968. Since 1981, we have been printing our paper right here in the heart of Lincoln County. Every Wednesday morning (except on holiday weeks), you can hear the hum of electric motors and thumping of rubber blankets onto webs of newsprint which fill the building with a wonderful harmony. This is how the newspaper is printed.
In the next few short weeks, there will be some exciting new changes coming to the paper. Until the spring of 2000, The Lincoln County News was printed with black ink only, with the occasional spot color to add some attention-grabbing color. In 2000, the first quad color unit was installed, which gave us the capability to print two pages in each section with color pictures and advertising. A second unit was added in 2004 which doubled the color capability. After a little more than 12 years, we will be doubling our color printing capability again. Two new Quad-Stacks will be added to the press line, each printing four colors over four colors onto our 33-inch broadsheet webs.
These new press units will form the future of the company and are an investment into the future of this community. This capability will provide eight pages of color in each section, increasing the amount of color pictures to showcase our great people and beautiful scenery. We believe in this community, in its people, and that adding additional color to the paper will benefit all who cherish Lincoln County the way we do. As we work to bring color to as many pages as possible, there will likely be some changes to the layout of pages in the paper, particularly the front section. We ask for your patience as we work out the details and try to make sure each community is represented with color pages.
This is an exciting time for us, and we welcome your feedback and suggestions. We can be reached at 563-3171 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your dedication to our paper. This is, after all, your community, your news, and your hometown paper.