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Year in Review: BCR moves to new location

The keys to the former Bureau County Republican building were handed over to Bureau County on June 25. Pictured (left to right) are Bureau County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Bret Taylor, Bureau County Sheriff's Commander Jim Shipp, Bureau County Republican General Manager Jim Dunn, Bureau County Board Vice Chairperson Marshann Entwhistle and Bureau County Administrator Sharon Schallhorn. On June 20, the BCR moved its offices to 526 S. Bureau Valley Parkway, Suite F, in the Perry Plaza building. The county plans to transform the former BCR building into a law enforcement center and jail.
The keys to the former Bureau County Republican building were handed over to Bureau County on June 25. Pictured (left to right) are Bureau County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Bret Taylor, Bureau County Sheriff's Commander Jim Shipp, Bureau County Republican General Manager Jim Dunn, Bureau County Board Vice Chairperson Marshann Entwhistle and Bureau County Administrator Sharon Schallhorn. On June 20, the BCR moved its offices to 526 S. Bureau Valley Parkway, Suite F, in the Perry Plaza building. The county plans to transform the former BCR building into a law enforcement center and jail.

The Bureau County Republican’s office began 2018 at 800 Ace Road in Princeton, where it had been since the new building for its offices and production facility opened in 2004.

The BCR’s office ended the year at 526 S. Bureau Valley Parkway, Suite F, in the Perry Plaza building, the location to which its staff moved on June 20.

The move was necessitated by the Bureau County Board agreeing to buy the BCR’s 2004 building in January at a price of $725,000.

The building was put up for sale because the staff size had been reduced due to consolidation of various departmental functions and the economics of today’s newspaper industry, making the 21,000-square-foot building too large.

With the success of the Nov. 6 county sales tax referendum, the former BCR building will now be transformed into a modern law enforcement center and jail, which will replace the county’s 1970s-era jail with its many problems.

With a late-June closing on the purchase, BCR staffers, aided by Shaw Media employees, made preparations for the move to an office suite in Perry Plaza, which is owned by Perry Memorial Hospital.

The bulk of the move took place on Wednesday, June 20, one day before the summer solstice.

Suite F, which is across the street from MTM Recognition’s north parking lot, was transformed into a functional newspaper office, complete with new carpeting, new tile in the entry area, and newly painted walls.

It features a small lobby, receptionist area, commercial printing area, newsroom, advertising department, editor’s office, break room, two restrooms, conference room, morgue (where old issues of the paper are stored), commercial printing manager’s office, circulation district manager’s office, and two additional offices.

Perry Plaza’s loading dock is used in newspaper operations as well.

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