MOUNT VERNON — When it rains it pours. As heavy rains drove into Knox County late Friday night, an electrical glitch kept the press at the Mount Vernon News from firing up, resulting in a delay in delivery of Saturday’s edition.
An electrician from KBZ Electric Inc., Mansfield, diagnosed the issue Saturday morning.
“A problem with a coil kept a contactor open,” explained News Publisher Kay Culbertson. “We had a replacement coil and were able to get the press up and running.”
The press was operating smoothly on Friday as staff printed the News and two commercial runs for the Shelby Globe. Two more papers for Shelby were slated to be printed after Saturday’s News, said News Assistant Publisher Liz Lutwick.
The trouble was discovered Friday night when press room manager Dean Hammons arrived to prepare for production of Saturday’s paper. Attempts were made to bring in a commercial electrician during the night, however, availability was limited.
“The press operates on high voltage — 440 volts — making it necessary to utilize someone with this kind of experience,” Culbertson said.
Once the replacement coil was installed and the press operating, one of the two editions for Shelby was printed and then Saturday’s News. By this time, Shelby’s press was running and they were able to print their final edition for the weekend.
News carriers were informed of the delay around 3:30 a.m. Saturday and were then notified papers were ready for delivery Saturday afternoon.
“Our carriers — and our subscribers — were understanding and patient,” Culbertson said. “Between being
late on our press run and the flooding rains, it was quite a day for our loyal drivers and customers.”
Subscribers who are registered with the e-edition still had access to the digital format of the newspaper, despite the delay in the print edition. Customers wanting digital access can sign up by visiting, www.mountvernonnews.com and click “log in” at the top of the page.