For those who haven't seen today's paper: The Bristol Press has, at long last, a new owner. Michael Schroeder is going to lead us into a new era that can't help being brighter.
The Journal Register Co., which took a thriving daily in 1994 and ran it into the ground, no longer owns the Press. Against all odds, it wasn't closed, as the experts said was inevitable.
Thanks to Schroeder, the paper was instead sold and now belongs not to a dying newspaper chain but instead to an energetic newsman with an infectious optimism about what's possible here.
What will happen in the weeks and months ahead, I have no idea. Clearly, there is a commitment to rebuilding the paper and to healing the wounds of 15 years of corporate neglect of the Bristol community.
I hope that our readers -- and our former readers -- will give us a chance to remake the paper for a new era so that it can serve the Bristol community for generations to come. Give us your support and we'll show you why you need The Bristol Press, in print, online, on your phone, wherever, whenever.
This little paper's only 137 years old. It's still young.
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