COLUMN: Changes are on the way in 2013

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By Shannon Brock

Changes are coming regarding The Spencer Magnet’s editorial and advertising deadlines, and if you ever buy ads, submit letters to the editor, community announcements, wedding or birth announcements — or anything really — you will be affected.
Beginning the week of Jan. 7, The Spencer Magnet will begin printing its paper in Shepherdsville due to its company’s Shelbyville plant closing.
To save you too much confusion, we’ll just say from this point forward (with the New Year’s holiday), most of your important deadlines will now move from Monday to the Friday prior.
• Advertisements must be placed by noon on Fridays for the following week’s paper. For questions regarding ads or the ad deadline, contact Lynette Mason at 502-477-2239, ext. 25.
• Community announcements (which usually appear on page 2 under the “What’s Happening” heading) must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday for consideration in the following week’s paper.
• That same deadline is for any birth, engagement, wedding or anniversary announcement — 5 p.m. on Fridays.
• Letters to the editor, which appear below, must also be submitted by 5 p.m. on Fridays.
• Perhaps the biggest change will be in submitting church announcements. In an effort for our small staff to get some pages completed early to assist with the earlier deadlines we have to meet, church announcements will be due to us by noon Wednesdays for consideration in the following week’s paper. That means, in order to have a chance for publication in the Jan. 9 edition, church announcements must be submitted by noon on Jan. 2 and so forth moving forward into 2013.
Thank you all for your understanding and cooperation, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at editor@spencermagnet.com or call our office at 502-477-2239, ext. 24.
We understand it will take some time to get used to the deadlines, and we ask you to bear with us as we all face these new deadlines together.
Never fear, we’ll still cover events over the weekend and on Monday to the best of our abilities, and your Spencer Magnet will arrive when it usually does — our production deadlines have just been moved up, so we need your information a little earlier than usual.

My heart was overjoyed last week when hearing about the outpouring of non-perishable food donations from the Spencer County community during the “Cram the Cruisers” campaign. Because of your generosity more than 33 families had a heartier meal and a happier holiday this Christmas.
The food drive sponsored by the Taylorsville Police Department and Kentucky State Police Post 12 collected 4,610.5 pounds of food here locally, accounting for more than half of what was collected by the seven counties in total of KSP Post 12.
Pat yourselves on the back for spreading joy and nourishment this holiday season.

One quick and important thank you to all of our law enforcement, EMTs and paramedics, and firefighters who gave up their holidays with their families yesterday to keep our community safe. And to those serving overseas, who were away from family this Christmas, thank you so much for your service.