Third Year Anniversary Since Our Merge

June 06, 2023

By Robin Gregg

Great things came to the Monroe and Ralls County communities three years ago! In order to continue to serve our subscribers, the Ralls County Herald Enterprise was merged with the Monroe County Appeal. This meant an increased size reach range for subscribers as well as doubling marketing options for businesses.

During these times, each day gets harder and harder on small-town newspapers. Ralls County Herald-Enterprise was one that had been affected. In the hopes of saving their paper and ours; community history; recent activities and event coverage; Lewis County Press decided to merge RCHE with the MCA as of June 1, 2020. We understand many of you did not like this merge, but it was either the merge or lose both papers completely. Without your support, it can still happen!! We are considering going online only in the future to save on printing costs which are on the rise.

Since 2020, a lot of things have changed, including going from seven employees to only one for both counties. COVID hit us and our way of coverage very hard.

Our graphic department is based out of Arkansas now, our printer is in Quincy, Illinois. I am currently the only local person to represent MCA and RCHE. There for, our Paris office hours have been adjusted to the following: Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; and closed on Monday, Thursday, and Friday for me to visit businesses and conduct interviews for articles. Appointments can be made with me outside of these hours if necessary.

We are in search of a part-time Monroe County Office Secretary, a Ralls County Reporter, and a Ralls County Sales Representative.

I understand Monroe believes there is too much Ralls news and vice versa. I try my best to balance both, some weeks are harder than others. I am always open to any articles and/or photos to be shared with me to publish if you have covered an event you would like to share. Please email that to robingregg@monroecountyappeal.com

Make sure to check out our website www.monroe-ralls.com and follow both of our Facebook pages.

We are excited to bring you the best coverage of everything going on in Ralls and Monroe Counties for years to come. My plans are to attend more events this year than in the past 3 years. Time to get back into the swing of community involvement!



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