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The News to celebrate grand re-opening

 

Free food, a live radio broadcast and a ribbon cutting are among the activities planned for The Port Arthur News grand re-opening Wednesday.

At its new location, 2349 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur, The News is celebrating the latest chapter in the newspaper’s storied history that began on March 17, 1897, when the Stump family left Missouri and printed the first weekly edition in a baggage car of a train on the way to their new home.

In November 2014, The News was purchased by Boone Newspapers Inc., a company that manages newspapers and free shopping guides in 30 communities in Alabama, Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio.

From 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. community members can stop by and see the building, tour the offices and meet the newspaper staff.

Readers can come in and look at the new television monitors on the wall showing different kinds of information.

“We are very excited about being at our new location,” The News Publisher Rich Macke, said. “It has proven to be a very good move for us even in the short time we have been here.”

After relocating from The News’ old Turtle Creek Drive site, where the newspaper officed the past 10 years, the new building is more centrally located between downtown Port Arthur and Mid-County cities.

Free hot dogs catered by Moncla’s will be available to the public, and those attending the ceremony can have their photo taken with a mock newspaper page.

Radio station Q94 will be doing a live remote on radio dial 94.1.

Ribbon cuttings from each area Chamber of Commerce will begin at 11 a.m.

“We invite everybody to come out and see our new community newspaper,” Macke said.

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