The Aug. 7 edition of the Bowling Green Times marks its 140th volume – 140 years of local news that Bowling Green’s hometown newspaper has produced. Since its creation, the Times has kept readers abreast of the latest area happenings.
The Bowling Green Times has not always boasted the same nomenclature. Pike County’s favorite paper was originally established in Curryville by A.W. Robinson. At the time, the paper was called the “Pike County Express.”
In 1876, T.B. Morrison purchased the paper and relocated it to Bowling Green.
William F. Mayhall bought the paper in 1880 from J.C. Jamison for a little over $1,000.
Mayhall, who previously worked as editor of the Frankford Monitor, substantially increased the number of subscriptions to the Times. Throughout his tenure, those sales skyrocketted from fewer than 500 to upwards of 2,000 paid subscriptions.
Mayhall also ruled over the two story building which housed the Times’ printing plant.
Mayhall died in 1917, and his wife, Mary, continued to run the newspaper, along with their nephew, Bonham Freeman.
By 1938, Freeman secured total ownership of the Bowling Green Times. He continued to served as editor until his passing in 1957. At that point, his sons, Wayne and Jack Freeman, took over.
Until 1984, when the Times was purchased by Jim Gierke, many editors, reporters, interns, and other office staff passed through the paper’s payroll, each leaving their own, distinct mark on the paper.
During the summer of 2002, the Times’ was purchased by Lakeway Publishers, of Morristown, Tenn., along with the Times’s numerous sister papers.
The Bowling Green Times remains dedicated to its number-one priority of providing Bowling Green and Pike County’s readers with valuable news most important to them and continuing to respect local traditions.
The newspaper has managed a balance between the small-town approach and putting a contemporary twist on the way it reports the news.
Utilizing modern networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, an online photo gallery, and an interactive website, the Times is the picture of yin and yang of the old and new.
“As Pike County’s leading newspaper, the Times has indeed continually surpassed the offerings of most weekly newspapers. The Times has not only kept up with modern technology and how it can help serve the reader and the advertiser, but has continued to be on the leading edge. We listen to our readers and respond. We always have, and we always will. The community relies on the Times to keep them informed and provide the best advertising avenue available locally, and it all comes in a strong, well-designed package, in print, online and mobile. We have served this community for 140 years, and we are here to stay,” stated Linda Luebrecht, publisher.
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Current employees of the Bowling Green Times include Linda Luebrecht, publisher, 27 years; Laura H. Smith, advertising manager, 19 years; Amy Patterson, editor/reporter, 10 months; and Leala McClurg, office manager, 10 months. Walt Gilbert serves as the vice president of the Lakeway Missouri group.