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We set out in February 2020 with the goal of bringing together, and On March 1, 2021, we launched

It is chiefly an iteration of the site developed under the guidance of A.J. McNaughton in 2018, with a nod to the legacy of

The homepage and section fronts were inspired by the 2020 re-launch of, led by J. Emory Parker.

Navigation for the site draws from and other properties from Lee Enterprises.

Design elements including the site’s fonts and background colors were produced by Christian Loria and Lucid Canvas, LLC. The Appen Media logos were designed by David Brown.

Kristen Kornbluth provided audience and newsroom strategy.

None of the process would have been possible without Laurie Verkruysse, Project Manager for TownNews.

Additional thanks to:

- Jason Bade, Pico

- William Cline, TownNews

- Association of Community Publications

You can reach Carl by email, on Twitter or at 770-847-7097.

Carl is the Director of Content & Development for Appen Media. He is a graduate of Alpharetta Elementary, Fulton Science Academy, Milton High School and the University of Oklahoma.