VAN WERT - Group Publisher Kirk Dougal has announced several changes to the Times Bulletin intended to enhance the newspaper for readers. Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 17, the Times Bulletin and the Delphos Herald will begin printing a joint Weekend Edition product to be delivered to homes and businesses on Saturday and be available for single copy sales all weekend long.

“After collecting hundreds of readership surveys and spending months on planning, we are thrilled to offer our readers the changes and enhancements they have asked for,” Dougal said. “We are adding features, bringing back some items that readers have requested, and packaged them all in a fresh, new look.”

The first item readers will notice is the size of the newspaper as pages are being added to provide information and entertainment for the entire weekend. Dougal pointed out what those pages consist of depended upon the responses from the readership surveys.

“While we expected the front page and Local/State stories to be the most widely read, we were surprised by how avid our readers were about the Opinion page,” Dougal said. “With that in mind, we moved it from Friday to Saturday and have returned the second page of columns and letters to the editor. Also, in addition to maintaining our award-winning local sports coverage, we plan on adding at least one more page of sports which will allow us to provide coverage of more sports from around the state and nationally.”

The Weekend Edition will also include a second page with area and statewide news, new features on the popular Yesterday page, and a return of the Real Estate page with property transfers and stories. Dougal also said while the Times Bulletin will continue to focus its news report on local stories first, more pages also mean the opportunity to print more news and entertainment articles from around the country and the world.

One change dictated by readers they have already noticed is the new Comics & Puzzles page. The surveys showed several of the comics had grown stale and were no longer being read while others, new and old, were very popular. Alternate comics were rotated into the newspaper nearly three weeks ago and the staff has received many positive responses. Also, one of the most requested items was a Sudoku puzzle so one was added to the page, as well.

“We are very excited about all the changes,” Dougal concluded, “especially because we had so much readership involvement with the decisions. We believe this joint weekend product gives us the best opportunity to provide them with the news and entertainment they want.”