Lack of power keeps Eagle staff from producing paper
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Apr 29, 2011 | 2372 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Daily Mountain Eagle has been without power since a line of thunderstorms moved through the Jasper area early Wednesday morning. Due to the lack of electricity, production of daily newspapers has halted since that time.

Eagle publisher Jerome Wassmann said the newspaper staff is working hard to get papers out to customers as soon as possible. Wassmann said another Alabama newspaper has agreed to print the Eagle until electricity can be restored to the Jasper area.

“This is an event unlike I’ve seen in my more than 40 years in the newspaper business,” he said. “Our staff has been working long hours to prepare to produce the newspaper as soon as that is possible. We appreciate the patience of our customers during this time.”

The Eagle office will remain closed until power is restored, but most of the newspaper’s employees have continued to work through the outage.

Members of the Eagle newsroom have been out collecting stories and photographs of the damage that resulted from multiple severe storms hammering Walker County throughout the day Wednesday.

“Our newsroom is doing everything it can to continue to gather information about the storms and other issues affecting our coverage area,” said James Phillips, managing editor of the Eagle. “We’ve used car chargers and laptops to write stories and have them ready when publishing a paper becomes a possibility. We want to do our part to inform our readers about what has happened here when most other outlets are focusing on other areas.”

Wassmann said the thoughts and prayers of the newspaper’s staff are with the people of Walker County.

“This storm has had some kind of effect on almost every person in Walker County,” he said. “When lives have been lost and homes have been destroyed, producing a newspaper is not the most important thing, but we hope getting our paper produced can be a small sign that normalcy is starting to return. We feel for this county and want to do our part to help begin the rebuilding process.”