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Get ready…this week is the calm before next week’s debut of the new Stu News redesign

This week, we’re dimming the lights in the Stu News newsroom to allow staff to be with family and friends over the holidays. It’s also a chance that allows them to rest, relax and recharge the old batteries as we prepare to kick off 2024.

And what a year it’s going to be right out of the gate with our first issue of the year. For months, we’ve been fine tuning a product redesign. It will debut in what we’re hoping is its new splendor come Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2024.

Here’s what you can expect. A much cleaner page set-up. Gone will be what we internally call the “right gutter.” It’s the single column that runs down the right side of the page and what many times competes with stories or photos, or both, that run down the middle.

So, expect stories to be presented in a clearer design running completely across the page; as, too, will ads. It should make for an easier read all the way around.

And trust me, a redesign is not something we take with a grain of salt. They are few and far between and completed after much thought.

But, we also realize that we’re not the judge and jury. You, our readers are, so let us know what you think after you spend a little time with it next Tuesday.

We also realize change is always difficult and some people, quite frankly, just don’t like it. So, disappointment is anticipated from some, but hopefully it will be few and far between.

We’re also hoping that the new design will make for a better home for advertisers to share their messaging with our growing number of readers.

Local news products are also not as commonplace any longer as the latest national statistics bear out, with many more failing and going out of business than beginning. Fortunately, we’ve been on the good side of that effort.

Still, we honestly could use more support. Not a week goes by when we don’t think of new things we’d like to add to our coverage, and we’re only limited by the funds to continually reinvest in our business.

Should you have a business, big or small, for profit or not for profit, we have a program that should work with your budget.

So, if you’d like to find out more, send me an email to and we’ll collectively figure it out.

I remind you again that this week will be softer than a “normal” week, but we won’t just pass on any news stories that need to be told. We’re on it, even during the holidays.

So, Happy New Year! Here’s to a great 2024 together.

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Poorman is at it again. For the third consecutive year, KOCI 101.5 Radio personality Jim “Poorman” Trenton will host a live 29-hour New Year Marathon show to celebrate the new year beginning at 6 a.m. on New Year’s Eve – Sunday, Dec. 31, 2023.

The broadcast will air live on 101.5 FM.

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Jim “Poorman” Trenton

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Speaking of the New Year, get ready for some King Tides right out of the gate. On January 11 and 12 and again on February 9, high tides will hit our beaches and low-lying areas.

Expectations anticipate tides up 6.84 feet on January 11 at 8:18 a.m. and up 6.83 feet on January 12 at 9:02 a.m.

When they return on February 9, tides will be up 6.80 feet at 8:12 a.m.

(All the above data is calculated for the Newport Bay entrance.)

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