VOICE of the Valley
About VOICE of the Valley
Your Community Newspaper for over 44 Years!
Many people think the VOICE of the Valley was the first paper in Maple Valley, when actually there were two other papers. The MapleValley Messenger (Maple Valley was spelled as one word in those days) was founded by Chester Gibbon from 1921 to 1923 in cooperation with the Cedar Grange. The Messenger’s slogan read, ‘Smallest in size, but not in pep, punch and personality’.
In 1964, the Maple Valley Lions Club subsidized the Maple Valley NEWS, which lasted about a year and supported many worthwhile community activities.
Then on August 21, 1969, William (Bill) and Ruby Ziegner put out their first edition of the VOICE of the Valley. They both were schoolteachers for the Tahoma School District. Bill and Ruby did the paper out of their home on the lower Dorre Don. In their first issue they asked for community and merchant support to keep the paper going. ‘Keeping the VOICE live and vibrant will demand the wholehearted support of our merchants and readers’ was what Bill wrote in that issue.
Merchants were contacted for advertising to help support the paper and residents were urged to put classified ads in the paper to keep the paper going as well. Subscriptions were available for anyone wanting to support the paper and of course donations were always welcome to help with the printing and mailing costs.
As the paper grew employees came and went along the way. In July 1982, Bill hired Saundra (Sandy) Hipple as the bookkeeper because Ruby’s health was failing. Ruby passed shortly afterwards and Bill began to show Sandy how to do the layout of the paper. After Ruby passed Bill began traveling with a few of his friends on a very regular basis. Sandy would take over and do the paper while he was gone. He was so impressed with her dedication to the paper that they became partners in 1985.
They worked 7 days a week, including all holidays up until Sandy finally told him that was not necessary any longer. Bill never allowed Sandy a day off, not even Christmas until she became his partner. Then he would spend the holidays with Sandy and her family.
Sandy then began to hire her family members throughout the years. Her three sons Rob, Mike and Rick were all delivery drivers from time to time. Her husband, Bob became the advertising manager in 1986 for a few years. She hired her daughter, Donna Hayes, in November of 1987 in the circulation department working with Lisa Miller, Sherrie Acker and Lucile Mattaeus. Donna quickly moved on to being the proofreader, advertising manager and then the office manager. At times Donna filled in as the delivery person as well when she was needed.
In 1992, Bill passed away and Sandy and Donna then became partners putting the paper out every week. Sandy and Donna were not just mother and daughter, they were a team, best friends, Donna was Sandy’s right hand and Sandy was Donna’s and they loved working together. Sandy and Bob loved to travel and they would go everywhere whenever they could. So in 2000, Sandy made Donna a partner in the company, which allowed her more freedom to travel.
On February 14, 2005, Mayor Laure Iddings named that day Bob and Sandy Hipple day in Maple Valley for all their hard work and dedication to the community.
Later that year, Bob and Sandy were on vacation for six weeks when Donna single-handedly moved the paper from the normal cut and paste way the paper had been done since 1969 to the Internet. For six weeks she worked 90 or more hours each week getting the paper out and learned the ins and outs of how to do the Internet layout and then taught it to Sandy when she returned.
On May 16, 2007, Mayor Laure Iddings named that day as Donna Hayes day in Maple Valley for all her dedication and devotion to the community.
In January of 2008, Sandy officially retired and turned the reigns over to Donna.
Sadly on June 19, 2008, Sandy passed away. Donna has kept the family tradition by hiring her family members as her employees to keep the paper a ‘family owned paper’. Currently, her sister in-law Traci works as the Office Manager. Her son, Steve and daughter in-law Amanda help with website, facebook and twitter.
Along with her family she also has other employees who she considers family who have been working for her for many years. Sherrie Acker is the Circulation Manager since 1988 and Kathleen Kear is the main reporter and has been since 2000.
The VOICE of the Valley is a community-oriented paper that puts community first
We pride ourselves on shopping locally,
keeping the community updated on events and activities in the area
as well as spotlighting community members who deserve recognition for their service.
Currently the VOICE circulates up to 24,000 papers each week. The paper is delivered to areas in Maple Valley, Black Diamond, Ravensdale, Hobart and Covington. The paper is a free paper that relies on it merchants and residents to advertise in the paper to cover the printing and mailing costs.
Go Green with E-Editions of the VOICE!
Only 75¢ an issue
3 month subscription - (13 issues) = $ 9.75
6 month subscription - (26 issues) = $19.50
9 month subscription - (39 issues) = $29.25
Full Year Subscription - (52 issues) = $39.00
Paper Subscribers (Hard copy of Newspaper)
1st Class Mail
3 month subscription - (13 issues) = $ 26.00
6 month subscription - (26 issues) = $ 52.00
9 month subscription - (39 issues) = $ 78.00
Full Year Subscription - (52 issues) = $100.00
Donations are always welcome!
The VOICE offers Church Services, Medical/Dental Services, Display/Classified advertising as well as inserts.
We also offer Obituaries, Birth, Engagement and Wedding Announcements.
Just contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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