2006 brings changes to pages of TRRT

With the new year come changes to the pages of The Rock River Times, including some new names and faces.

The Nov. 30-Dec. 6, 2005, issue of The Rock River Times marked the 13th year of publication of the local weekly, which prides itself on striving to be “The Voice of the Community.” During that time, the locally owned and operated publication has grown to a circulation of 20,000, with big plans for the future.

In addition to the print version of the newspaper, the online version of the publication at www.rockrivertimes.com was launched in 2001, and now boasts a readership of more than 8,000 per month. If you have yet to visit the site, check it out. The Web site offers exclusive articles not available in the print version, all under the “Online Exclusives” link on the front page of the site. The online Discussion Board—available via a link on the front page—has also become a popular destination for readers to post their thoughts about current events and articles in The Rock River Times. Also included on the Web site is a photo gallery, a musicians’ directory and other links and information.

Following are some new writers readers will find on the pages of The Rock River Times in 2006:

Doug Halberstadt—Sports returns to Section B with the addition of Sports Columnist Doug Halberstadt. A lifelong resident of the Rockford area, Halberstadt serves as track announcer at Rockford Speedway and does play-by-play coverage for radio broadcasts of local high school athletics. He also has a degree in journalism from Bradley University.

Paula Hendrickson—If you like television—any kind of television—Paula Hendrickson’s “Tube Talk” column in Vibe is for you. Hendrickson, a Rockford resident and regular contributor to Emmy magazine and Variety, will offer her thoughts about TV shows in her weekly column. Her work has been published in national publications, including Advertising Age, SatelliteORBIT and TVGuide.

Andy Larson—Organic food expert Andy Larson discusses the local organics scene and national organics trends in his column “Farm Fresh Perspectives: Locally raised” in the Naturally Rockford section of Section B. Larson grew up on a farm just west of Rockford, and recently received his graduate degree in environmental sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he studied “the interconnection between sustainability and agriculture.” His column is provided as part of his service as a visiting research specialist with the Initiative for the Development of Entrepreneurs in Agriculture at the University of Illinois Extension in Rockford.

Christine Swanberg—Long-time contributor to The Rock River Times Christine Swanberg, who formerly wrote the literary column “The Writer’s Garret,” is back with a new column dedicated to the literary scene called “Literary Hook.” Her column will appear regularly in the Vibe Entertainment section. Swanberg, an extensively published local author, poet and editor, has nearly three decades of knowledge and expertise in the field of literature. Her latest book, Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity, is available at local bookstores and through Wind Publications, online at http://windpub.com.

The Rock River Times is excited about the addition of these writers, and hopes readers find their work informative, interesting and, when appropriate, entertaining.

From the Jan. 25-31, 2006, issue

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