Excerpts from the no-longer-existent Whitsend.org feature called the Odyssey Times.
Originally published on the website around February of 2001.
Campbell College Planetarium nearing completion
The Thomas Greyson Memorial Planetarium will hold its grand opening next week at Campbell College according to Dean Rogers, head of the college’s construction committee. The planetarium is the first in a number of planned expansions to the College.
The planetarium began construction last year when a similar establishment was forced to close down at the Connellsville Science Museum. “The old planetarium was popular with school groups, but it wasn’t easily accessible to the public in general,” says Dean Rogers. “Our planetarium will be open to the public, which should help us reach out to the community more.”
Campbell College has dealt with declining enrollment, loss of government funds, and faculty problems for the last few years and Dean Rogers hopes these additions will help to bring students back to the college. “We’ve always been a fine school for getting a great one-of-a-kind education,” he says. “We always knew that the teaching couldn’t change. Now we’re just letting our technology catch up with our teaching.”
Odyssey Times under New Management
by Landon Noland
Odyssey Times Reporter
Galaxy News Group recently purchased the Odyssey Times, the oldest newspaper in the Tri-County area. Galaxy News is one of the largest newspaper distributors in the state.
“A town like Odyssey and a newspaper like the Times are just the sorts of things we want to invest in,” said Preston Bump, president of Galaxy News. “We don’t plan to change anything. There is a real loyalty to the paper in this town and we certainly wouldn’t want to change that.” The company intends to keep Dale Jacobs, the long-time editor of the Times on staff. “With a small-town newspaper, money is always tight,” says Jacobs. “It will be a relief not to have to worry about it.”
The Odyssey Times has been Odyssey’s newspaper for more than fifty years. A few competing alternate newspapers, such as The Odyssey Tattler and The Daily Mudslinger have come and gone while the Times circulation has grown steadily. The Odyssey Times will continue its daily circulation to all of its existing customers, while trying to gain customers in neighboring markets like Connellsville.