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FROM THE PUBLISHER’S DESK: Reflecting on the past — looking to the future

Nobody in their right mind would start a newspaper in 2023.

That’s correct. My name is Kurt Immler and my wife and I are bringing a newspaper back to the 44203. Time will tell whether or not it will survive.

Two fundamental things must happen for it to succeed:

* Businesses and organizations will have to advertise in it.

* People will have to purchase it, read it, and hopefully enjoy it.

If you’re a reader of the Barberton Gazette, tell your friends and family about it. Let local businesses know when you see their advertisements. Without the advertisers, this newspaper will not survive.

Without readers, this newspaper will not survive. Some businesses and organizations will advertise simply as a civic gesture to support local news. Let them all know you see them and appreciate them.

If you ever wanted to get into a wildly and financially successful business, a newspaper should not be on your list. So why are we doing it? Because we grew up here. My wife and I both graduated from Norton High School.

We spent plenty of time in Barberton and Norton; from Charger Lanes to seeing movies at the Lake or the West theater or in summer months at the Blue Sky or Magic City Drive-in. Eating at the Big Hamburg or Jimbo’s. So many great memories around every corner.

Heather and I left the area to pursue business opportunities in the early 2000s. When those came to an end, we purchased The Dalton Gazette & Kidron News in Dalton. It was quite an experience trying to rebuild a failing newspaper on its way out. Through trial and error and hiring the right people, we ended up bringing that newspaper back to life.

Fast forward to now: When the Barberton Herald abruptly closed at the end of ’22, I was in shock along with most of you. Nobody saw this coming. Between my parents and I, we were subscribers to the Barberton Herald for at least 30 years. I always enjoyed keeping up with hometown news. I just assumed someone would fill in the vacancy. A few months went by and still no paper.

Heather and I decided it was time to bring a newspaper back to the 44203 area.

The Barberton Gazette and Norton News will be different. Our newspaper will be a tall tabloid size, (11”x17”). This was the size of the Herald from a few years ago. This would be the most popular size for small town weekly newspapers. We print five columns across instead of six with a slightly larger font size so it will be easier to read. The day of anonymous personal attacks in Viewsline or comments in social media are over. We value your “constructive opinions” but will not tolerate personal attacks. You can write a letter to the editor or even call viewsline but everything will have to have a verifiable name attached to it. Our responsibility will be to report just the facts and that’s what we intend to do.

Welcome to The Barberton Gazette & Norton News!


  1. Bonnie Taylor on August 25, 2023 at 5:49 am

    How often will it be delivered?

    • Editor on August 25, 2023 at 2:30 pm

      We are a weekly

  2. Madie Blue on August 25, 2023 at 6:52 pm

    I can’t wait to receive mine in the mail down here in Clearwater Florida
    Born and raised in Barberton
    Thank you for doing this for the best communities.

  3. Amber Jaynes on August 26, 2023 at 9:36 pm

    How much for an out of state subscription?

    • Editor on August 27, 2023 at 11:55 am


  4. Nancy Robinson on August 28, 2023 at 4:29 pm

    How can I subscribe?

    • Editor on August 30, 2023 at 2:20 pm

      Email us with your address and phone number. We will start your subscription and we can email you an invoice.

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