Press publishes final edition

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The New Palestine Press printed its final edition April 10 after its owner decided to cease publication and sell the building where it had been printed for years.

Becky Gaines, 66, who has owned the Press for 13 years, said she no longer could afford to publish it.

Gaines, whose weekly paper was known for its folksy approach to community news, has had discussions with central Indiana media group Home News Enterprises about the future of the Press.

The New Palestine Press has had many names and owners through the years. It was first published as a bi-monthly in 1943, then became a weekly, published by Everett German starting in April 1954. German sold the Press to Victor Tucker in 1969. Tucker sold the business to Gaines, one of his employees, in 2001.

The newspaper’s office and printing press are in a small building at 22 W. Mill St. in New Palestine. Gaines said she closed the sale of the building and will move out over the next few weeks.

Gaines said she wants to establishing a museum for the area. She also plans to work on a book about New Palestine history; travel with her husband, Ted Gaines; and spend time with her eight grandchildren.

– Daily Reporter (Greensfield)