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0000127898 LIVING HERE| May 21, 2009| 7

e re is a quick, two- question teston local media: 1What's the oldest newspaper in theSan Joaquin Valley? 2Where do the most people in TulareCounty go for local news and infor- mation? If you answered the VisaliaTimes- Delta for both, you'd be right. The only differenceis that in 1859, therewas only a printedpaper. In 2009, theTimes- Delta also hasWeb sites, a monthlymagazine, a Spanishlanguage paper. Newsis printed, but it is alsosent electronically via theWeb, text messaging ande- mail newsletters. A lot has changedsince June 1859 when I. W. Carpenter printed ourpredecessor, the TulareCounty Times and Fres- no Examiner, a weeklynewspaper. It was a timeof dissension and divi- siveness that led up to the Civil War. After two months, Carpenter sold thepaper to John C. Shannon and C. Killmer, who used the paper to promote theSouthern viewpoint. Another newspaper, The Sun, wasstarted to voice the Northern viewpoint. The Sun's owner, William G. Morris, andShannon carried their differences off thepages of their newspapers and onto thestreet. The fight ended in a gunshot thattook Shannon's life. For the next 20 or so years, the paperchanged hands and names several times. One of the owners, George Steward, helped draft the law that would help cre- ate Sequoia National Park. In 1890, BenMaddox became editor, and soon after, owner. He or his descendants remainedinvolved with the newspaper for the next50 years until the newspaper was boughtby Speidel Newspapers Inc., in 1948. In 1977, Gannett Compa- ny Inc. bought the Times- Delta and continues toown it. In 1995, Amy Pack wasnamed publisher. Pack, agraduate of Mt. WhitneyHigh School, began hernewspaper career at thepaper as a graphic artist. Through all the changes, the paper brought peoplethe news they needed andwanted. That's a missionthat we are proud to carryon today, whether we arebringing the news throughthe medium of print, orthrough photos, videos ortext messaging. Beginning in June, we will be taking alook at the history of the area through theeyes of the newspaper, looking at whathas been important to the people ofTulare County through the years andsome of the details that made up the fab- ric of daily life here. We hope you willenjoy the look back. — Linda GreenExecutive Editor8| May 21, 2009| LIVING HEREliving here LOCAL INFORMATION CENTERBY MELINDA MORALESmmorales@ visalia. gannett. comrom daily and weekly newspa- pers to monthly magazinesand quarterly special sections, there are more ways than everbefore to stay abreast of newsand information in Tulare County. Here's a look at some of the publica- tions we produce for our readers. OUR PUBLICATIONSIn addition to the Visalia Times- Deltaand the Tulare Advance- Register, wealso print a variety of publications tosuit readers' needs. iEl Sol: Our weekly Spanish- languagenewspaper. iChoices: A weekly entertainmentguide published on Fridays. iTulare County magazine: Publishedmonthly. iLiving Here: Our annual guide to livein Tulare County. iExplore Downtowns: Our quarterlyguide to what's happening in down- towns across the county. CONTACT USP. O. Box 31, 330 N. West St., Visalia CA93279Main Tel: 559- 735- 3200PublisherAmy Pack735- 3201Executive EditorLinda Green735- 3268Advertising DirectorVaughn Kessler735- 3230Regional InformationTechnology DirectorDee Dee Gober735- 3224ControllerMari Benko- Wylie735- 3211Production DirectorCortland Hunt735- 3325DEPARTMENTSCustomer Service: 888- 487- 9565Classified Ads: 735- 3333Newsroom: 735- 3270Fax: 735- 3399WHO WE AREEl SlEl Sldel Valle de San Joaquinwww. ElSolEnLaRed. comFBringing you thenews for 150 years150VISALIATIMES- DELTA1859- 2009SHARINGHISTORYYEARSAND GOING STRONG' Through all the changes [ since 1859], thepaper [ has] brought people the news theyneeded and wanted. That's a mission that weare proud to carry on today.' LEARN ABOUT OUR WEB SITES ON PAGE 17H