The Sun-Gazette newspaper moves to 402 S. F St. after 103 years on E Street; phone, fax, billing address remain the same
EXETER – After more than a century, The Sun-Gazette, formerly The Exeter Sun newspaper, has moved into a new home.
On Wednesday, Oct. 24, Mineral King Publishing, Inc., the parent company for The Sun-Gazette, re-opened at its new location, 402 S. F St. in Exeter. President and publisher Reggie Ellis said the move offers more consistent telephone, Internet and electrical wiring to handle the increased computing needs of an emerging digital publishing company. In addition to its website, thesungazette.com and social media presence, The Sun-Gazette also produces a semi-weekly podcast, Paper Trail Podcast, which can be accessed on any of the major podcast apps such as iTunes and Spotify.
“It was a difficult decision to move and not one I took lightly,” Ellis said. “But in order for the paper to continue moving forward we had to part ways with our historic, yet outdated building.”
The new location has more modern electrical outlets and is a model of energy efficiency. Concrete floors and 10 foot ceilings help cool the building in the summer, while dual pane windows and new insulation helps seal in the heat in the winter. The HVAC unit is brand new as are the LED light fixtures both inside and outside the building, all of which is partly powered by solar panels on the roof. Editor and CFO Paul Myers estimates the newspaper will save more than $900 in utilities during the hotter months.
“If you breakdown the numbers it’s a no-brainer. We had to get out of the building. We’ll be saving nearly $1,000 a month during the summer and for as many hours as our staff works we put employee comfort at a premium,” said Myers.
The Sun has been located at 120 North E Street since then publisher Watt S. Clawson purchased the building and moved operations there in September 1915. In June 1955, Clawson and his son James sold the paper to H.A. Andersen whose Sequoia Publishing Company produced both The Exeter Sun and Woodlake Echo out of the building. In 1961, the Farmersville Herald had been added to its list of publications. Clifford W. Cox began selling advertising and incorporated The Sun into Mineral King Publishing Co., Inc. (MKP). In November 1983 Violet Spencer, who was General Manager, purchased MKP and its newspaper products. Under Spencer, MKP published the Sun, Echo, Herald and added the Three Rivers Current out of the E Street office.
After MKP acquired the Lindsay Gazette from John M. and Nora McNall in 1994, MKP discontinued the publication of the Echo, Herald and Current the following year. In 1998, MKP closed the Gazette’s office in Lindsay and operated both papers out of its headquarters at 120 N. E St. in Exeter.
On March 2, 2005 MKP debuted its newest publication The Foothills Sun-Gazette, a combination of two 104-year-old papers The Exeter Sun and the Lindsay Gazette. Through the new paper, MKP continues hometown news coverage of the cities of Exeter and Lindsay and has returned to Woodake, Farmersville, Three Rivers and the additional communities of Lemon Cove, Strathmore, Plainview, Ivanhoe, and Visalia.
In anticipation of the move, The Sun-Gazette donated the archives of The Exeter Sun to the Exeter Historical Museum and the archives of the Lindsay Gazette to the Lindsay Museum. The Sun-Gazette archives from 2005 to present are located at their new office. The Exeter Sun is available at the Exeter Library Branch on micro-film from Nov. 15, 1901 through 2001. The Lindsay Gazette is available on micro-film at the Lindsay Library Branch from Oct. 18, 1901 through 2001. Digital copies of stories which have been published on our website since November 2003 are available on this website through the archives search.
Similar to its original home, the new office was built and is owned locally. The building was constructed by Jim Tyler Construction and Solar, which is owned by Jim and Sarah Tyler of Exeter.
“We feel honored to have a historic institution like the Sun-Gazette operating out of this building,” Jim said. “We are very proud of the building and encourage the community to come and see Exeter’s newest office space.”
The shipping and delivery address for Mineral King Publishing and The Sun-Gazette is now 402 S. F St., Exeter, CA 93221. Other than the physical address, not much is changing for the 117-year-old newspaper. The phone number remains 559-592-3171 and the fax line is still 559-592-4308. The Sun-Gazette’s customer service hours will remain 12-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. All of The Sun-Gazette’s staff retained their email addresses. The paper’s billing address remains P.O. Box 7, Exeter, CA 93221.