The paper has added a commercial printer and repaired a lot of the building infrastructure. Even with all the updates, Terri Sanders has plans to take the paper back in time. “This just upgrades it and it gives it a different feel and when people walk in they go, ‘oh my, oh my.’” “The biggest thing that I would like to do in my time frame here is take this back to being a weekly paper. We’re now bi-weekly, Mrs. Brown started it as a weekly paper.”
Mildred Brown purchased the building in 1942 and founded the Omaha Star. The newspaper prints the good news about North Omaha. “What people don’t realize is this used to be a mortuary. If you look on the tile as you enter the front door, it says a Jones so this was a Jones’ mortuary,” said Terri Sanders, Omaha Star Publisher.
The newsroom still showcases some of the old tools of the trade, but recent renovations have opened this space. The newsroom is brighter and changing with the times. There is a business that has been on North 24th Street since 1938 and now it has a new look. The building that houses the Omaha Star newspaper has seen its share of change.
“It gives the community hope, it shows that we’re going to be here and it shows that we care.” The North 24 Street News Improvement District is developing a comprehensive streetscape plan for the North 24 Street corridor. As for the Omaha Star, recent investments tell the community this newspaper will continue to be a cornerstone of this community.
“We like the way it’s growing, we kind of need to change. The people, the atmosphere, the attitudes, other than that, the physical stuff is looking good. We’d like to put our art gallery in.” There are plans for growth in this area, Arthur and his wife Karen are excited to be a part of that growth.
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