The Jasper County Board of Supervisors today used certified circulation lists to determine the three "official newspapers" allowed the right to publish its official proceedings in the coming year - the Newton Daily News, Hometown Press (Sully) and Jasper County Tribune (Colfax).
Submission of the circulation lists by the publishers of the papers was necessitated after four county newspapers submitted applications for the three designated spots at the Supervisors' organizational meeting earlier this month.
In contested cases, state Code stipulates that each applicant deposit with the auditor, in a sealed envelope, a statement, verified by the applicant, showing the names of the applicant's bona fide yearly subscribers living within the county and the place at which each subscriber receives the paper and the manner of delivery.
The Newton Daily News provided a subscriber list totaling 3,138, Hometown Press 680 and Jasper County Tribune 641. The Prairie City News fell out of the ranks of official newspaper this year after submitting a circulation figure of 549.
In recent years, the designation of the official newspapers in the county has resulted in legal proceedings. Last year, the Prairie City News - before it was acquired by Shaw Media, owner of the Newton Daily News and Jasper County Tribune - challenged the validity of Tribune's and Hometown Press' circulation lists before the Tribune asked to withdraw its designation, deferring its designation to the Prairie City newspaper.