There has been a lot of discussion swirling around the Lima community related to the status of The Lima News, the city's only daily newspaper. Your News Now has heard that talk and checked into what was being said.
Much of the talk began when it was announced that Freedom Communications had sold the Lima News in May of 2012 to Versa Capital Management, which eventually created the Civitas Media Group, which combined 4 community news groups, one of those groups included The Lima News.
Since the sale there has been talk of shutting down the press in Lima and moving that operation to one of the groups other locations in Ohio. Job cuts have been discussed and Your News Now learned this week that 8 advertising graphic design positions have been consolidated to Charlotte, North Carolina.
Your News Now sought response from Lima news publisher, Jim Shine, who referred us to corporate ownership for comment. Civitas Media Group public relations spokesperson, Rivian Bell in Los Angeles, responded to our inquires with this response. "The newspaper will continue in its current form. Certain graphic design service employees have been offered jobs in North Carolina at comparable wages. Those who don't continue with us will be offered severance. We have some press problems to resolve, but hope to continue printing in Lima. The steps taken are to ensure the long term success of the paper, which is an important part of the Lima community".