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‘Life’ really can be what you make it

Published: Wednesday, March 13, 2013 8:53 a.m. CST

There comes a point when one must learn to walk on their own.

As a father, I’ve seen that for myself while watching my now 3-year-old son, Noah, venture into the world. This week, Shaw Media is proudly watching as Minooka-Channahon Life takes its first steps in providing on its own the relevant information of the Minooka-Channahon area.

By now, thousands of area readers like yourself are flipping through the pages of this revamped successor to the Southwest Herald. We truly hope you enjoy Minooka-Channahon Life and all that it will deliver to you in the future.

Since May 5, 2005, the Southwest Herald served this community each week by reprinting stories and content that had already printed previously in its big brother, the Morris Daily Herald. It was sent through the mail to ensure the people who want this unpaid publication will receive it. That was how the Southwest Herald was designed, and it succeeded in its mission for nearly eight years.

Now, however, Shaw Media is allowing this publication to walk on its own — under a new name, vibrant design and fresh approach.

From this point on, Minooka-Channahon Life is focused on generating its own unique content, ranging from regular question-and-answer interviews, to business spotlights, to sports features, to columns from public officials, to everything in between. The emphasis is that this publication is dedicated to delivering the content that highlights the news, people and events of the Minooka-Channahon area — and we aim to do it well.

That said, when designing Minooka-Channahon Life, we decided the best approach was to embrace the role of a weekly newspaper. So, while we strive to deliver the pertinent stories each week, our big brother — the Morris Daily Herald — will continue in its role to make sure breaking news or game-by-game sports results are released to the public immediately.

Breaking news, like significant arrests, fires or other incidents, will still be included in Minooka-Channahon Life. But, even with a weekly newspaper, we understand news shouldn’t wait, and so we feel fortunate in having the Morris Daily Herald’s help in serving this purpose.

As with any quality publication, however, Minooka-Channahon Life’s success depends on the help it receives from the public. We want to make this publication yours.

We strive to pursue stories about people like you, your neighbors and your friends. In fact, we will dedicate pages every week to printing wedding, engagement and anniversary announcements, birth announcements and more.

If you have a story idea or submission, we welcome you to send it via email to mclife@shawmedia.com. If you have any questions, please contact me at (815) 942-3221, ext. 2057, or email me at mmalone@morrisdailyherald.com.

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