A Times special report
Beginning this week, the Leavenworth Times and Fort Leavenworth Lamp begin distributing a weekly edition of the military publication Stars and Stripes.
The 16-page tab-sized paper can be found inserted inside today's Times and in copies of the Lamp distributed on Fort Leavenworth. Future editions of Stars and Stripes will be inserted inside the Thursday Times along with the Lamp.
"We are excited to be able to partner with Stars and Stripes and share this world-famous publication with our readers," Times General Manager Dale Brendel said. "Stars and Stripes bills itself as the 'Hometown paper of the U.S. Military,' and it is appropriate that active and retired military and military-related civilians and contractors in this community can now read the publication here."
First published during the Civil War in 1861, Stars and Stripes prints more than 360,000 copies worldwide, but until recently was mostly published for military service members serving deployments overseas. In 2008, the newspaper first started publishing a weekly stateside edition and began partnering with community newspapers near military installations. The Times is one seven papers within the United States currently partnering with Stars and Stripes.
"It's a win-win for both us and Stars and Stripes, and for our readers too," Brendel said. "All the editorial content is provided by Stars and Stripes international team of reporters, editors and writers. They send us the files electronically once a week and we publish the product here and distribute into our products. Readers are getting award-winning journalism from military theaters across the world covering all branches of the military."
Stars and Stripes describes itself as "independent news for the U.S. Military community, whenever they fight, and wherever they live." While the paper is operated by the Department of Defense, it is protected by an act of Congress to ensure its 1st Amendment freedom of press for fair and accurate reporting on sometimes controversial subjects.
The inclusion of the Stars and Stripes into the Times and Lamp comes at no extra costs to customers and will be included in local subscription packages. To cover the printing costs, the Times has a few pages in each edition to highlight local businesses as sponsors.
For a complete history of the Stars and Stripes publication from the Civil War until present day, see page 15 of today's issue inside.