Tahlequah Daily Press

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December 18, 2012

Take note of deadlines for holiday papers

TAHLEQUAH — The holidays are rapidly approaching, and that means a few special deadlines for the Tahlequah Daily Press.

Christmas and New Year’s Day both fall on Tuesday this year, and since subscribers get their papers through the mail during the week, the calendar created a bit of a dilemma. Under our normal schedule, if we didn’t produce a Tuesday paper those weeks, readers and advertisers would go two days – Monday and Tuesday – without a paper. For a daily, printing a paper on Sunday, and then the next one on Wednesday, is not an ideal setup.

So, for the holiday weeks only, we decided to publish on Monday rather than Tuesday. This marks the first Monday edition of the Press, at least since it became a daily. (And yes, five days a week “legally” counts as a daily.)

So that our employees may enjoy the Christmas and New Year’s holidays with their families, our office will be closed both Tuesdays, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The offices will also close early both Mondays, Dec. 24 and 31, although production may still be in progress. The closures, coupled with the Monday publication, will require some deadline adjustments, especially for our church news correspondents and our local funeral homes.

To accommodate production of the Monday editions, deadlines for our Sunday papers will also need to be adjusted those weeks. Though we rarely guarantee publication of regular news items in the Sunday paper, our usual deadline is 11 a.m. Friday. But for the Dec. 23 and 30 editions, we ask that columnists and others who prefer Sunday publication get their material to us by 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication – Dec. 20 and 27, respectively. That deadline especially applies to business and farm news. Items for publication in the Monday editions – which would normally be Tuesday papers – must be in our hands by 4 p.m. the previous Friday – Dec. 21 and 28 respectively.

Due to the nature of their business, funeral homes have a bit more leeway. Obituaries for the Sunday, Dec. 23 edition must be in our office by 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. The deadline for the Monday, Dec. 24 edition is noon Saturday, Dec. 22. Similarly, the deadline for the Sunday, Dec. 30 edition is 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28; the deadline for the Monday, Dec. 31 edition is noon Saturday, Dec. 29.

Since our office will be closed both Tuesdays, our staff will be working on the Wednesday papers the Mondays of both weeks. That, too, will require special deadlines.

Our obituary deadline for the Wednesday, Dec. 26 edition will be noon Monday, Dec. 24; for the Wednesday, Jan. 2 edition, it will be noon Monday, Dec. 31. Regular deadlines will resume for the Thursday and Friday papers both weeks – 3 p.m. the previous day. The regular Sunday paper deadline of noon the preceding Saturday will resume for the Jan. 6 edition.

Our Wednesday edition normally features news from our church correspondents, and that will be the case during the holiday weeks as well. However, because our staff will be off both Tuesdays, the church news deadline must be moved up. All church news, whether emailed or hand-delivered, must be in our office by 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24 for guaranteed publication Dec. 26; it must be in our hands by 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 31 for guaranteed publication Jan. 2. both days for publication those weeks. We understand that due to family commitments, some correspondents may have trouble making this deadline, so we will try to accommodate them in the Thursday editions, but only if they email their copy, and only if we have space available. Hand-delivered copy is not eligible.

If you have additional questions about holiday deadlines, call Managing Editor Kim Poindexter. For advertising deadlines, and some great last-minute deals, call Advertising Manager Pam Hutson.

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What to you think of a state Legislature proposal to forbid cities from raising the minimum wage? Choose the closest to your opinion.

The federal government should set the minimum wage across the board.
States should be allowed to raise their minimum wages, but not cities.
Both states and cities should be allowed to raise their minimum wages.
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There should be no minimum wage at all.
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