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Cowley County is the stone arch bridge capital of Kansas. Seriously, look it up.

This week on The Range, we take a road trip through the county to search for some of its beautiful — and historic — bridges.

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The one constant in the newspaper industry over the last decade or so has been change.

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The Wichita Eagle plans to leave its office space in Old Town by the end of April.

Coronavirus Cost Kansas Newspapers Advertisers, But It Gave Them More Subscribers

Oct 5, 2020

With the coronavirus pandemic came a flood of stories for the Manhattan Mercury.

The daily newspaper serving a town of nearly 55,000 in a community built around Kansas State University and the Fort Riley U.S. Army base reported on a county commissioner who said there would be no virus cases in the county because there were no Chinese people.

The paper had stories on the city commissioner who hoped everyone would get sick so they could get the pandemic over with.

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It’s no secret that newspaper circulation has been declining in recent years. Black newspapers mirror trends in the industry overall — but there’s one paper based in Wichita that’s keeping its head above water.

GARDEN CITY, Kansas — During a pandemic, local news coverage means more than keeping tabs on the city council or high school sports. The stories published in a newspaper, broadcast on a network TV affiliate or aired on the radio bring critical information about the public health crisis to communities.

People count on reporters in their town or region to let them know about the latest spread of disease, about what’s safe and what’s not — especially in small meatpacking towns that have become coronavirus hot spots.

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The long slide in the U.S. newspaper industry took another dramatic turn Thursday.

For more than 100 years, Eudora had a weekly newspaper.

“We were able to have a sports reporter, somebody that would come out when we had a structure fire and report on it,” said Mayor Tim Reazin, who moved to Eudora in 1997. “We had somebody that sat through the city commission meetings with us.”

But since 2004, more than 1,800 newspapers have folded, a third of them in rural communities. Eudora residents lost their paper in 2008. Reazin says the result is citizens are less informed – and starved for coverage.

The Kansas Historical Society says its Kansas Digital Newspapers program has partnered with Newspapers.com to provide online access to several million pages of Kansas newspapers from the Historical Society's collection.

The initial partnership will focus on Kansas newspapers published 1854 - 1922 and includes almost five million pages.

The KHS's collection holds nearly every newspaper published in Kansas from 1854 to the present. The digital newspapers program seeks to digitize and share electric versions of Kansas newspapers.

Weekly Paper 'F5' Returns To Wichita

Mar 7, 2013
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A new, or not so new, weekly newspaper hits Wichita streets Thursday. F5 returns after a six year hiatus under the direction of founder Mike Marlett.

Marlett says he decided to start the paper back up again after constantly hearing from people that missed it.

“I met some young, successful guys with their own businesses and their own money to invest,” he says. “They had brand loyalty and they wanted it back.

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