Foothills Sun-Gazette debuts


You may have heard there is a new Sun on the horizon and a new Gazette in the making. Flyers sent out in the mail last week heralded the dawn of a new newspaper – The Foothills Sun-Gazette.

The Exeter Sun and Lindsay Gazette have combined to create a bigger, broader and bolder newspaper that now covers the foothill communities of Exeter, Lindsay, Woodlake, Farmersville, Strathmore, Lemon Cove, Three Rivers, Plainview and Ivanhoe.

The Sun-Gazette will continue the hometown, community oriented and award-winning journalism that the communities of Exeter and Lindsay have come to know for 104 years. Both papers began publishing in 1901 – the Gazette on Oct. 18 and The Sun on Nov. 15. Since then they have evolved through the years as the ownership, staff, industry and communities have changed.

Exeter and Lindsay now have a larger paper that is read by a broader audience. In addition to community events and issues being read between Exeter and Lindsay, another seven communities will read about them.

Woodlake and Farmersville have not had newspapers since 1995. The Woodlake Echo debuted on Jan. 3, 1913 through March 16, 1994. The Farmersville Herald originally published from Jan. 4, 1946 through Feb. 27, 1964. Another paper named the Farmersville Herald began on Jan. 5, 1977 and published until March 22, 1995. New racks have been added at locations inside and outside of stores throughout Farmersville and Woodlake. These two cities will now have full coverage of community events, city council reports, education news, high school sports and more.

For the other five foothill communities, the Sun-Gazette offers a community paper to promote community events, local news and issues.

“This new paper will give these communities, some for the first time, a forum to raise their issues, promote their successes and share their ideas on a regional level,” Publisher and Managing Editor Reggie Ellis said. “We chose the orange as our logo to represent the agricultural roots, hometown appeal and bright future for the citrus belt of the West.”

The Opinion section of the Sun-Gazette offers all foothill residents a forum to voice their concerns, comments and questions. The new Business section provides a place for foothill business profiles, spotlights, features, announcements, chamber news and events, grand openings and ribbon cuttings. A Food section offers cooking tips from local chefs, popular recipes and features on local restaurants.

American Profile magazine also makes its debut in the newspaper (See other story). The magazine will be inserted into the Sun-Gazette every week and will include features on celebrities with hometown ties, the charms of rural life and profiles on small towns across the nation.

Along with the addition of new content comes a new website, The site features all of the same content you are used to including news, education, sports, polls, obituaries, letters to the editor, on-line subscriptions, etc. The Sun-Gazette also has new e-mail addresses for staff as follows:

Deadline for submitting stories, photographs, news items and other information is no later than noon on Friday for the follwing Wednesday’s edition.Death notices and birth announcements are free and must be submitted no late than 10 a.m. on MOnday. Full obituraires are $35 for the fist six column inches and $10 for each additonal column inch.

Engagement, anniviersary and birthday announcements are $35 adn must be submitted by noon on Friday for the following Wednesday’s edition. There is no Charge for obiturary or engagement photographs. Submissions can be mailed to The Foothills Sun-Gazette. P.O. Box 7, Exeter, CA 93221 or sent via fax to (559)592-4308. Curren subscribers to The Exeter Sun and Lindsay Gazette do not need to renew their subscriptions, as they will now recive The Foothills Sun-Gazette. Subscriptions are $25 per year within Tulare County, $30 elsewhere in California and $35 in other states. The Foothills Sun-Gazette is located at 120 N. E St. in downtown Exeter. Office hours are 8a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office is closed from noon to 1 p.m. daily and on major holidays. For more information or to subscribe to teh newspaper call The Foothills Sun-Gaxette at (559) 562-3171


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