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Jon D. SpauldingJoyce PryzbylTrish Lutz
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OswegoCountyNewsNow.com is a collaborative effort of Oswego County’s two main newspapers, The Palladium-Times (located in Oswego NY) and The Valley News (located in Fulton NY).  Together, we bring readers the most local news for Oswego County on a 24/7 news cycle.  With dedicated local reporters on regular beats, no one covers Oswego County NY better.  In addition to quality news reporting and the most local news content, OswegoCountyNewsNow delivers a marketplace to bring the buyers and sellers of our communities together on a daily basis. 

 

 

 

 

The Palladium-Times History

"Palladium", in addition to being malleable metallic element with the symbol "Pd" on the periodic table of elements, is also a word of Greek origin defined as "something that affords effectual protection or security" or a "safeguard". "Palladium" was also the original name given to the statue of Pallas at Troy in ancient Greece. The Greeks believed that the statue was a gift from the heavens and that so long as the statue was kept safe; no harm could come to people of Troy. 

The Palladium-Times can map its own history back to pre-civil war days, when The Palladium's first issue as a weekly came out in 1819. The other division of the newspaper, The Oswego Times traces its origins to 1845 when the Commercial Daily Advertiser became Oswego's first daily newspaper. After a long period of battling one another, the two newspapers that supported opposing political parties, merged to become one daily newspaper with an independent political voice. The merger became official on April 14, 1925 and the one-time rivals that actually neighbored one another on West First Street came together much to the surprise of some city and county residents. 

In 2008, the Sample News Group acquired The Palladium-Times from Gatehouse Media moving it to a privately held status, which hadn't been seen since the ownership days of The Morrison and Leighton families prior to 1966. After 1966, The Palladium-Times saw a host of corporate chains buy and then sell the operation including Thomson Newspapers, American Publishing Co., Community Holdings, Inc., Liberty Group Publishing, and the aforementioned Gatehouse Media, Inc. 

Sample News Group is a privately held operation that specializes in small, community dailies and weeklies. Because of this niche, they understand the value of relevant, hyper-local news content across multiple media platforms. Sample News Group’s investment in the Oswego County market is a testament to this newspaper’s success, longevity, and resiliency in a community that truly appreciates its “Pall-Times”. It is also a testament to the hard work and dedication of an exceptional and passionate team at The Palladium-Times.

 

140 West First Street, Oswego, NY 13126-1597

Phone: (315) 343-3800

Fax: (315) 343-0273

Standard Business Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

 

 

The Valley News’ History

 

The Valley News began in 1947 as The Rural News, a weekly publication founded by Colson and Beatrice Carr out of their home north of Granby Center.  It grew quickly and was renamed in 1948 to the Oswego Valley Rural News based on its new distribution areas.  By 1951 they had moved from a stapled 9” x 12” format to a full tabloid size newspaper thanks to a new press.    In 1957, it moved to a twice weekly publication but that only lasted a couple years due to increasing postal rates for city delivery.    In 1972, the Carrs sold to the paper to their long time newsman and editor, Vince Caravan and by 1978 the publication moved to a twice weekly schedule again...this time it stuck.  In 1982, the name was shortened to The Valley News…solidifying it as the greater Fulton area’s primary news resource.  In 2010, the Caravans sold The Valley News to Scotsman Media.

In late June 2014, then-Valley News owner Scotsman Media Group — a commercial printing and Pennysaver publisher based out of Syracuse — announced that it would be ceasing operations at its Syracuse and Chenango Bridge printing plants and laying off about 90 employees.

In August of 2014, about six years after its purchase of The Pall-Times, Sample News Group acquired The Valley News from Scotsman Media and solidified its future as Fulton’s community newspaper.  Ironically, Sample always had a desire to purchase The Valley News, making an offer in 2010 and a decade before that.  But in 2014, it all fell into place.

The Valley News is mailed to area subscribers each Wednesday and Saturday. Additionally, The Valley News produces more than 20 local special sections and supplements each year designed to meet the needs of our readers and business community.

Editorial staff

Mike LeBoeuf, Editor

Columnists and contributors

Kelly LeVea, Photographer – Born and raised in Fulton, Kelly studied photography at Onondaga Community College.  In addition, she works for Dayger Photography Weddings, Family and Senior Portraits, specializing in babies. She enjoys sports photography, especially wrestling. Some of her work has been featured in USA Wrestling Magazine.

 

Roy Hodge, Columnist – Roy began his career at The Fulton Patriot in February of 1959 as a linotype operator.  During his long career, he performed every newspaper job — from paper delivery to editor and publisher. He has entertained readers with tales of his family’s antics and many interesting Fulton residents in his long-running “Hodgepodge” column. Roy retired from The Fulton Patriot in June of 2010.

 

Geraldine Hogan Kasperek, Columnist – Jerry writes “Jerry’s Journal,” a bi-monthly column featuring stories about local people and tales of the “good old days” in Fulton. She attended SUNY Oswego in the Writing Arts Program. She has written and edited newsletters for several different organizations and has had many articles published in various newspapers on community and environmental issues.

 

Leon Archer, Outdoors Columnist – Leon has been writing “The Sportsman’s World” column since 1985. He is a five-time first place winner of the New York State Outdoor Writers Association’s Excellence In Craft Award in addition to numerous other writing awards. He is currently an active member and vice president of the New York State Writers Association. His column covers a wide range of outdoor topics far beyond just hunting and fishing.


THE VALLEY NEWS

A twice-weekly journal for and about people in the Fulton area and Oswego County

Founded October 1947

140 West First Street, Oswego, NY 13126-1597

Phone: (315) 343-3800

Fax: (315) 343-0273

Standard Business Office Hours:  Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.