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In the beginning...

Start the presses!

That's the banner headline that appeared in the first edition of the Tri-County Times on April 3, 1994. It was the first time in nearly 40 years that tri-county residents witnessed the birth of a new newspaper, following the demise of the former Tri-County News.

The new publication was based on a 40-year tradition of strong newspaper experience.

Publisher Rick Rockman, Sr. promised that the paper would provide complete, in-depth coverage of all area news and events - and we believe he has not only lived up to that promise, but exceeded the community's expectations by the many additions and improvements not only to the Sunday newspaper, but with the addition of the Times Online edition, and the addition of the midweek publication in September 1999.

"This area desperately needs a newspaper with local news," said Rockman in April 1994. "We feel that the hometown paper concept has all but disappeared over the last few years. We'll focus on local news and events that are of interest and concern to the citizens of this area."

With that issue over 15 years ago, came the return of Rockman's popular "Straight from the shoulder" column and the Hot lines.

Over the years there have been a number of changes at the Tri-County Times, all of which have been changes that benefit our readers, advertisers and communities.

Many new employees have also been added to our staff over the years. In January 1997, we left our offices at the Fenton Mini-Mall on North Leroy Street, and moved into a new state-of-the-art facility on Fenway Drive in Fenton's industrial park and added a print shop and mailing house called Allied Media (formerly Allied Mailing & Printing) along with Rockman & Sons Publishing. In November of 2003, we added the final phase of our communications network by creating a full service ISP, Tri-County Wireless. The rapid growth of your hometown newspaper then made it necessary for us to build yet another new building, directly next door to our facility on Fenway Drive.

Serving you, our valuable readers, and advertisers always has and always will be our top priority, and we thank you for your continued support.

Why the Tri-County Times?

The Times has been the dominant area medium for nearly half a century. Following Rick Rockman's death in 2011, the Times is now owned and operated by sons Rick, Jr. and Craig. Every employee of the Times organization is dedicated to providing readers with the finest, most professional newspaper in the state. As an advertiser, you can be assured that the combination of the Times desirable demographic audience, 90%+ market penetration and industry dominance will ensure that your ad message has impact - the kind of impact that has an immediate effect on your sales and profits and - ultimately - your bottom line.

Publisher: Craig Rockman

Publisher Emeritus: Richard Rockman, Sr.

Publishing History: A community newspaper publishing since 1957. The Tri-County Times debuted on April 3, 1994.

Circulation: Sunday Edition - Over 19,000 area households (total market coverage with paid subscribers) Wednesday Edition - Over 8,000 (subscribers only)

Subscription cost:

$47.00 for 1 year subscription (104 issues)

$42.00 for seniors 1 year subscription (104 issues)

Sunday delivery is by carrier and motor routes.

Wednesday delivery is by U.S. Postal Service. The Wednesday edition is available by subscription.

Cost of paper: $1.00 at newsstands, stores and office.



Business Routes: Distribution is 965 papers, covering Fenton, Linden and Holly businesses

Communities served: Cities/Communities - Fenton, Linden, Holly, Lake Fenton, Davisburg, Argentine, Byron, Gaines and portions of Swartz Creek, Grand Blanc and Hartland

Townships Served: Fenton, Holly, Argentine, Tyrone, Rose, Mundy, and parts of Deerfield and Springfield


Primary legal newspaper: The Tri-County Times is the primary legal newspaper of record for Fenton City, Fenton Township, Village of Holly, Holly Township, Linden City, Argentine Township, Tyrone Township and Rose Township.

Employees: The Tri-County Times provides approximately 26 full-time positions and over 50 part-time employment opportunities.

Sister companies: Tri-County Times - Award-winning, twice weekly newspaper, MPA 2002, 2012 and 2013 Newspaper of the Year, Rockman & Sons Publishing - Publishes approximately 30 UAW newspapers, Allied Media & Website Development (Formerly Allied Mailing & Printing) - Full service printing and mailing facility, Tri-County Wireless - A wireless Internet service provider (WISP)

Publications printed by Times:

Tri-County Times Source Book - Published annually every January

Yes! Coupon Book - Published once a month

Fenton Chamber Journal - Published four times a year

Fenton City Report

Fenton Remembers When by Leo Weigant

Desk Calendars - Available every year in December

Sports & School Programs - Published seasonally

Chamber Directories - Published once a year

Members of: Michigan Press Association, National Newspaper Association, Fenton Township Service Club, Fenton Chamber of Commerce, Linden Chamber of Commerce and Holly Chamber of Commerce, Flint Area Chamber of Commerce, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, National Federation of Independent Businesses, Optimist Club, Swartz Creek Chamber of Commerce

Sponsors of: Quarterly Red Cross blood drives, Zonta Safety Town, Taste of Fenton, Sights, Sounds & Taste of Holly, Fenton Chamber of Commerce Expo, Fenton Jinglefest and Fenton Area Cultural Center.


Inserts - Wednesday 3 p.m.

Weekend A & B Display - Thursday 1 p.m.

Weekend Classified Display - Wednesday 3 p.m.

Weekend Classified Liners - Thursday noon

Midweek Main News & Classified Display - Monday 3 p.m.

Midweek Classified Liners - Tuesday noon


NEWS/EDITORIAL DEADLINES (all features and articles)

Midweek Edition - Tuesday 10 a.m.

Weekend Edition - Thursday 3 p.m.





RETURN POLICY: In order for a refund to be considered for prepaid advertisements, all refund requests must be within seven days of publication date. Our cancellation period is 72 hours prior to the scheduled publication date. You must notify us directly to request a refund. MAKE-GOOD POLICY In the event that an advertisement was omitted from publication, The Tri-County Times will offer placement to any mistakenly omitted advertisement into the following issue at no additional cost. PLEASE NOTE: Any dissatisfaction in the response received by an advertisement does not constitute valid grounds for a refund. If the service has been provided and the ad was placed, payment is obligatory.

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