Welcome to your new ThisWeek German Village Gazette.

Welcome to your new ThisWeek German Village Gazette.

Readers will note many changes in today's paper, principally a new typographical design and 14-inch tab size. We hope the new format provides an increased ease of reading and navigation through the paper as you browse your local news.

We also hope you note what hasn't changed: a commitment to covering your local news.

This new ThisWeek German Village Gazette combines the talents and resources of the ThisWeek Community Newspapers group and Suburban News Publications, formerly competing weekly newspaper groups that since September have both been owned by the Dispatch Printing Company.

The new ThisWeek Community News group grows to 25 weekly publications, stretching from Grove City to Sunbury, from Marysville to Newark. The combined central Ohio circulation of 19 Thursday publications, six Sunday publications and one shopper climbs to 327,559.

"We are combining the best of the best of the two groups," said Joe Meyer, the former editor of SNP who leads the organization's news coverage efforts as managing editor for news.

"We will cover the news and issues that hit residents at the curb and in the pocketbook, with strong public service journalism," Meyer said.

"And we will cover local schools, events and people with excellent storytelling to celebrate the real fabric of these fine communities: their active and involved residents."

Longtime ThisWeek Sports and Assistant Managing Editor Lee Cochran has been named managing editor of sports and photography for the new, merged group.

"We plan to continue providing the area's most comprehensive coverage of local high school sports," Cochran said.

"Our photography – from City Hall to the ball fields – will rank with the best community newspaper groups in the country," Cochran said.

All the editorial team's coverage will be packaged online at ThisWeekNEWS.com and ThisWeekSPORTS.com.

ThisWeek Community News Publisher Roy Biondi said the combined group brings deep resources to the table, as well as a huge commitment to community journalism.

"We have a wonderful team of community journalists assembled under Joe Meyer and Lee Cochran's direction," Biondi said.

"This new group truly will pull considerable strength from both the formerly separate organizations," he said.

"We are excited to launch this combined product and aim to do a better job than ever at providing committed local coverage for our communities," Biondi said.