Hanover, Pa., 'Sun' closes its office in Carroll County

December 24, 1992|By Traci A. Johnson | Traci A. Johnson,Staff Writer

The Hanover (Pa.) Evening Sun closed its Carroll County office yesterday.

While the paper will maintain its coverage of Carroll events and keep its county phone numbers connected, "there will no longer be a walk-in bureau" at 11 Liberty St., said Wayne Lowman, the paper's editor.

"We are still going to have a staffer for Carroll stories and an advertising representative for the county," he said. "But the office there was primarily for the manufacture of our TMC [total market coverage] product, Countywide News and its replacement, Cover Story."

"We have stopped production of those papers because it was unprofitable, and now we are closing the office," Mr. Lowman said.

The Pennsylvania-based daily has had an office in Carroll since at least the late 1960s, he said.

The paper began publishing the now-defunct Countywide News nearly 10 years ago, but changed its format in early October in response to economic factors, and the large number of Carroll papers being distributed, former Evening Sun Publisher Richard Heilman said when the paper closed.

The weekly's replacement, Cover Story, published its last edition a week ago, Mr. Lowman said.

"We are looking at it from an expense point of view," he said. "We are closing the office but we are not ready to surrender our Carroll market."

"We feel we can still represent our Carroll readership in our daily format," he said.

Maryland editor Mark Franklin, who lives in Carroll, will continue to write the county stories in the daily paper, and Bill Kerr will remain an advertising representative in the county, Mr. Lowman said.

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