ANGOLA — Steuben County’s local newspaper, published since its founding in May 1857, will now be located in the Maumee One building at 107 N. Martha St. in Angola.
Mike Marturello, editor, expected the new office location to open the morning of June 6. The office’s phone number remains the same, 260-665-3117.
The Herald Republican building on the Public Square in downtown Angola has been listed for sale.
The Witwer family of Kendallville, owners of the parent company of the newspaper, KPC Media Group, Inc., decided to market the historic newspaper building so it could operate in a modern facility that will provide improved parking for readers, advertising customers and staff.
“We have found the perfect location to put our people in a facility that is more modern and efficient for today’s newspaper publishing world,” said Lou Phelps, KPC Media Group CEO. “It was a difficult decision to move out of a building that has so much history for our company, but our team needs a conference room and other business work areas that our current building on Public Square lacks.”
The Herald Republican and its original publication, The Steuben Republican, have been operating out of 45 S. Public Square building since it was built in 1882. The Angola Herald also has been a part of the downtown for about a century, having once been housed in offices on the southwest quadrant of the Public Square for a number of years.
“We are pleased with our new office for our employees and for the convenience of our customers,” Phelps said.
The two newspapers started publishing jointly out of the Public Square location in 1925 with the formation of Steuben Printing Co., which handled production for the two independent newspapers. The Republican, which was aligned editorially with the Republican Party, and The Herald, the Democratic newspaper, were merged in 1979. The Herald Republican remains an independent newspaper. KPC purchased The Herald Republican in August 2001, taking the paper to a daily on Sept. 12, 2001.
Phelps stressed that The Herald Republican, and KPC remain committed to serving Steuben County. The company also publishes The Steuben County Smart Shopper, the telephone book, and a number of directories and special sections throughout the year.
“At KPC, we are dedicated to serving our local communities throughout northeast Indiana. This will not change, and we are dedicated to remaining a strong, independent news provider in Angola and Steuben County, just in a new location,” Phelps said.
KPC signed a long-term lease for its space at Maumee One.
“We really have enjoyed working with (Maumee One owner) Menno Wagler. We look forward to a long relationship with him,” Phelps said.
The Herald Republican building is being marketed through Mike Thomas Associates by Mark Bock.