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Introducing a few changes

Published: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

To our readers:

In August we changed the Morris Daily Herald into a tab format and started delivering it through the mail. Since then, we have been listening to feedback, both from our readers and internally, about what tweaks may be needed.

Starting today, you'll see the results of some of that feedback when you look at the print edition of the newspaper. The changes are made as we continue to strive toward our goal of providing readers with more local news about Grundy County communities.

We love sharing the news submitted by local schools, nonprofit organizations, churches and businesses. We usually put that news on feature pages, such as Business, Devotions or Neighbors.

Going forward, each day of the week will have a designated feature page, so readers know when to look for certain types of news. Business will be Tuesdays, Family Table on Wednesdays, Neighbors on Thursdays and Saturdays, and Devotions on Fridays. Family Table will rotate between Sue Schafer, who has been sharing recipes twice a month with our readers for years, and Chef Debi, who writes similar columns for a sister publication.

We continue to accept and encourage our readers to submit news at news@morrisdailyherald.com. Submissions are subject to editing for length and style, and will run as space is available.

On page 2, we now have a place to daily run our correction policy; we take accuracy seriously, and want to state that commitment in every edition. We've also added a place for a caption for the cover photo, so you know what is taking place in the image.

On our Opinions page, every Tuesday you will see the names and contact information of federal and state lawmakers who represent Grundy County. Part of our mission is to help you be active community members: This provides a way to make your voice heard.

You'll also see new columnists on Tuesday and Saturday, as we believe getting new voices on the Opinion page is important, so we are introducing Rich Miller, who writes about state politics, to Tuesday's page, and Byron York, the chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner, to Saturday's page.

We also are going to strive to get police reports into the paper each day, although we will no longer include every traffic offense written in the county. What will be included are people charged with crimes against people or property, warrant arrests, or those involving drugs or alcohol.

We are honored to be the main provider of news for Grundy County, and constantly work toward improving our products. We invite you to share with us constructive thoughts on how we can not just meet, but exceed, that goal.

Thank you for reading.

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