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Woman spreads Central Point news

CENTRAL POINT ' After losing two community newspapers in two years, the city once again has its own local paper. The Central Point News, a free monthly publication, is being published and edited by Central Point resident and former bookkeeper Marianne McCutcheon.

McCutcheon, who has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1981, started offering the tabloid-style, four-page paper to cover happenings in the community, the Chamber of Commerce, City Hall and area schools.

This was something I had always wanted to do, said the 56-year-old.

There were just a lot of things going on in Central Point that weren't being covered and I just thought, with our community growing like it is, people would enjoy having a little community paper again.

Each month, the paper focuses on a specific theme and includes feature stories, event listings, classifieds and submissions by community members. The paper's January issue highlighted the Rogue River Valley Creamery, while February is scheduled to focus on health and wellness.

— The city has been without a community paper since the Central Point Sun, printed for 13 months by Rogue River Press publisher Dave Ehrhardt, folded in November 2002 because of a lack of advertising.

The Sun reported circulation shortly before closing of around 3,000. Prior to the Sun's closure, the Central Point Times, a former sister paper of the Grants Pass Daily Courier, ended publication in May 2001.

The Times covered local news for areas of Central Point, Gold Hill, Sams Valley, White City, Jacksonville and Eagle Point.

Central Point News is available for free at area businesses including the Rogue Creamery, Albertsons, Vicky's Center Caf?, the Yellow Basket, Ray's and the Central Point Chamber. Six-month subscriptions are available by mail for &

36;10. Reach McCutcheon by calling 664-2733 or by e-mail, centralpointnews @yahoo.com

Buffy Pollock is a free-lance writer living in Medford. E-mail her at buffypollock@juno.com.