It is a stereotype that was promulgated by family-oriented television shows in the 1960s and ’70s. The family would be gathered around the breakfast table reading the morning paper — Mom would have the front page, Dad the sports section, and junior would be chucking at the “Funnies” as it seems they were always called.
And while the newspaper sections of choice may be off base in the world of today, the fact that everyone has their favorite section or feature of the newspaper to read still rings true.
My older son, for instance, loves the Shortcuts page the Morris Daily Herald carries on Tuesdays. We know local sports fans can’t wait for the Saturday morning recap of how the Redskins or the Indians or the Coalers did on the football field the evening before.
And, based on the phone calls we receive when something is amiss with the Crossword puzzle, there is a large segment of our readership who loves to work puzzles.
Rest assured that, when the fresh, new tabloid version of the Morris Daily Herald appears in your mailbox on Tuesday, Aug. 20, all of those things I just mentioned will be there. (Well, great local sports coverage will be, anyway; you’ll have to wait until Saturday, Aug. 31, for coverage of the opening night of gridiron action).
In fact, while much planning and emphasis has been placed on what new features and information to bring our readers, just as much thought and figuring (and, at times, debate) have gone into determining what pieces of the MDH our readers cannot live without.
First and foremost on that list is the Family Table page, which features great recipes and ideas for the kitchen — many of them generated from the stove, over (and computer) of Morris’ own Sue Schafer. Keep looking for it each Wednesday.
Each Friday, you will still be able to find not only a listing of area churches and their service times, but also the Devotions page. A mainstay of the Morris Daily Herald for years, this page will continue to keep you up-to-date on the worship and fellowship opportunities offered by area churches.
Neighbors will also be there each day, helping you celebrate life’s milestones with friends and loved ones and learn of local opportunities to make new memories that will last a lifetime.
Most importantly, of course, is the fact the most complete news available of happenings in and around Grundy County — where we all live and work — will continue to dominate your newspaper.
Patrick Graziano is the managing editor of the Morris Daily Herald. He can be contacted via e-mail at pgraziano @morrisdailyherald.com.