West Memphis Newspaper Publishes Monday Edition Despite Fire

AUGUST 14, 2006 - Posted at 4:01 p.m. CDT

WEST MEMPHIS, AR - Evening Times Editor Mike Bowie says his staff was able to publish its Monday edition this afternoon, a day after the newspaper's building burned to the ground.  The afternoon paper is temporarily working in Marion and printing its editions across the river in Memphis.

Bowie said the building and its contents, including the printing press, computer system and advertising and news files, were a total loss after the early morning fire yesterday.  Officials don't yet know what caused the blaze, which began at 5:30 a.m.   It burned for several hours.

The building's roof collapsed as the flames consumed it.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)