The Ottawa County Register was started in response to demand.
Several thousand county residents already read the Sandusky Register every day, and that number has grown the last few years as the Port Clinton News Herald scaled back its services and manpower.
There have been requests from many county residents for more coverage from the Register as the News Herald reduced its staff and its product, and shied away from the more difficult, hard news stories.
The decision earlier this year by the Gannett chain to close the newspaper offices in the city prompted an even larger response. Many residents were unhappy with the company’s decision to move its operations out of the city and away from the county.
“We’re going to be getting even less news from them,” one Port Clinton resident told the Register recently. “We need a hard-hitting newspaper that gets us.”
Alex Green, who now lives in the Lakeside/Marblehead area, is the Ottawa County Register’s reporter. He will be making daily calls and drop-ins across the county from Port Clinton to Oak Harbor getting to know the community better.
“I appreciate the citizens’ desire for more substantial news and I will work tirelessly to provide it,” Green said.
Chief photographer Luke Wark has been with the Register five years and hails from Curtice, Ohio. You’ll be seeing more of Luke in the days ahead, and more of Angela Wilhelm, a photographer with the Ottawa County Register.
“It’s exciting to be part of this new newspaper,” Wilhelm said. “I like it we’re expanding.”
Eighteen other newsroom employees, another 140 other employees at the Register and another 300 contractors round out the team that supports the Ottawa County Register.
Matt Westerhold, managing editor, said the Ottawa County Register will tell the stories about residents and what they care about from Port Clinton, Marblehead and Lakeside, to Catawba Island and the islands, Elmore and Danbury townships, and everywhere in between.
“The good, the bad and the ugly,” he said. “Alex has already been out and about now for more than a couple weeks and is getting a good feel for the county.”
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