This week marks some major changes for The Packet. We are publishing a bigger paper with a new look. As we continue to grow and to accomplish our mission of being your community newspaper, these changes were necessary to help us complete our vision.
One major change you may have noticed is that we have officially changed our name from “The Columbus Packet” to “The Packet”. Although we are based in the city of Columbus, we feel the name “The Columbus Packet” may be limiting us in our community goals.
As we cover news from all parts of Lowndes County, is the news from New Hope or Caledonia not as important to the people who live there as the news is to Columbus residents? To be the newspaper of record for the county, we must be involved in the county, and not just the Friendly City.
This, however, is not to downplay our role in Columbus. Columbus is our home, and it’s where former publisher Roger Larsen started this paper on his typewriter. We are not leaving Columbus; we are merely growing, and we remain dedicated to our Columbus coverage and the Columbus residents who have helped us grow.
As the community newspaper, we are expanding our coverage throughout the Golden Triangle. As Golden Triangle Development LINK CEO Joe Max Higgins has often said, the potential of the area is far greater as a whole than as separate components. We see this to be true from to [maybe] our community-focused mission as well.
But our dedication to our immediate community remains and is stronger than ever. The Packet will continue its commitment to in-depth crime and political coverage as well as the events that are important to you. If it’s important to you, it’s important to us. This is your community and we are your community newspaper.
Jeff Clark is the Managing Editor of The Packet. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org/packet.0