Local News: Monett Times on the Move (5/21/22)
Relocation of the newspaper office to the resource center
For the first time in nearly 60 years, the Monett Times office will not be located on Broadway.
This week, the office will relocate the Resource Center, joining Life360 and other community organizations now housed in the former Cox Monett Hospital building.
“Moving from the Broadway location is bittersweet,” said Lisa Craft, regional advertising manager for CherryRoad. I’ve been here since August 1989, beginning my career under editor Dick Brady and editor Wilma Henbest. There are so many memories here, good and bad, but it was in this building that I received my on-site education and held many titles.
“I know the one thing I won’t miss is the floods. I have been through many flood cleanups and was rescued once. Also, when I was an editor, I had the pleasure of experiencing the effervescence of two fires. Floods and fires are something I would rather never experience again. I will miss being on Broadway, even though it’s not quite the hustle and bustle like it was when I was a kid, it’s still a central part of my hometown, Monett.
The Monett Times will move permanently to its new location inside the Resource Center at 801 North Lincoln Ave., which is the old hospital building. The diary will be located inside what was once where the hospital had the lab on the first floor. There will always be newspaper racks outside and there will be signage inside to direct customers to the location.
“I’m at the age now that in a few years I can look forward to retirement,” Craft said. “I find it ironic to work in a building I’m likely to retire in and was born in. It’s come full circle for me.”
Kyle Troutman, editor of the Monett Times, said the press team was excited about the upcoming move.
“This is the first of several changes made by our new owners, CherryRoad Media,” said Kyle Troutman, editor of the Monett Times. “The opportunity for us to connect with so many organizations at the Resource Center is exciting, and we hope to continue to bring award-winning journalism to Monett and surrounding areas.”
The hours will be the same, Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9-12 and 1-4. At this point, we will continue to be closed on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
The Monett Times moved from its longtime location at 212 Fifth Street to 505 E. Broadway in 1963. The current building was designed by Times owner and publisher Kenneth G. Meuser.
The land had been donated to the city as a parking lot by ME Gillioz, who had an office in the building west of The Times building at 503 E. Broadway. A special arrangement between Monett Mayor VB Hall and Meuser secured the ground for the newspaper.
The Monett Printing Company, another Times operation, located across the street between the Broadway Hotel at Fifth Street and the Gillioz Theater at Sixth Street, moved to the south side of Broadway in a second building added to the parking lot in 1968.
The flatbed press used to print the paper was located at the rear of the building, allowing carriers to exit from the rear. When the printing house was built there was no way to remove the old press, so the service pit under the press was widened and the press fell through the ground and covered with concrete , where she remains to this day.
The flatbed press, using the lead type, was replaced in 1971 by a rotary offset press, placed at the back behind 505 E. Broadway, where rolls of newsprint were also stored. This section of the building was later replaced after the sale of the first rotary press and transferred to The Aurora Advertiser.
When it came time to upgrade to a newer press capable of printing The Times in color in 1997, the newspaper acquired all of 503 E. Broadway, in addition to the storefront facing Broadway purchased years earlier. and leased to various businesses.
The original location of the Dreamland Theatre, Monett’s first silent movie theater in 1909 and at one time a two-story building, 503 E. Broadway was acquired by ME Gillioz after a fire in the late 1930s and served as the new car dealership for Tommy Young Motors in the 1970s.
The new press was placed at the rear of the building on a raised floor of more than 40 creek gravel trucks to make it so high that no flood could ever reach it. The press remained in operation until Rust Communications, which acquired The Times in 2009, transferred it in 2012 to Marshall.
The entire office complex underwent a major renovation to better connect operations in the three buildings in 2008 and 2009. At that time, all buildings were combined at the 505 E. Broadway address.
Following a fire in 2008 at the rear of the print shop building during renovations and flooding in 2009, operation of the print shop was halted.
The showroom has been converted into editorial offices for Connection Magazine and, more recently, a newsroom for The Times.