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Power of the presses beats power of the Press

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By Mike Farner

 SHEPHERDSVILLE – Don’t get me wrong. Nobody is more disappointed than me that this issue of The Pioneer News only has the semi-final round game from the Girls’ Sixth Region Tournament included in the sports section.

Yes, the regional final was played on Saturday night. That contest with Bullitt East taking on defending state champion Butler will be fully covered in Wednesday’s edition.

The power of the Press might be powerful, but it doesn’t beat the power of the presses. For the most part that means that when the presses roll is when a community newspaper gets printed. It doesn’t happen the other way around, no matter how important the story.

Very early in my 39-year career here at The Pioneer News I had to come to the conclusion that the pace is just a little different in our world than at a big city newspaper. It doesn’t always work out for the best, like this week, but that is life in the small town.

As it stands now, this issue of The Pioneer News will be printed and heading to the post office on Saturday afternoon, about the same time that Bullitt East and Butler are battling at Valley High School.

True, there was a time in the not so distant past that The Pioneer News was printed late on Sunday afternoon. There was even a situation several years ago when Bullitt East played in a regional championship game on a Sunday afternoon at around 2 p.m. and we got it in the Monday issue. That year the tournament got moved back because of a power outage at Bellarmine University earlier in the week when the Sixth Region Tournament used to be played at that location.

For the past year or so that scenario would just not be possible. The work in the printing facility here in Shepherdsville has changed. In fact, The Pioneer News is not even printed in Shepherdsville at the present time. The Monday edition is printed at the Landmark Community Newspaper facility in Elizabethtown while the Wednesday edition is printed at the printing plant in Tell City, Indiana.

The two sports pages are often the last two pages to head to the presses, but not so much because of the importance put on the sports section, but more because of the Sports Editor’s procrastination issues and his night owl mentality. Still, Editor Tom Barr and myself have been able to cover some of the earlier deadlines by working late hours, particularly on football Friday nights when the deadline for Monday’s papers were on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. That involved some very late hours or even early morning hours.

Now, new presses are presently being installed here in Shepherdsville. So, hopefully by the 2017-18 school year, sports events for our newspaper will return to being printed locally and thus, have looser deadlines. Hopefully. The decisions that will go into that are made by people who are quite a few steps above my pay scale.

See you in Wednesday’s edition.