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January 16, 2014

Commissioners ban most legal ads in Daily Progress



Thacker said Wylie contacted him about what she claimed were overcharges by The Daily Progress. Wylie said she has been concerned about the issue for years, and conducted a spot audit of the paper’s rates on several ads, coming up with two examples of overcharges.
Rates charged for legal advertisements are established by state law. Dabney said The Daily Progress follows the cost formula outlined in the law.
“I have offered to sit with you and go over this in the last few months and you have never asked and you have never presented any of this information to me,” Dabney told the commissioners, adding that he only received Wylie’s rate calculations and accusation of overcharges right before the meeting on the matter.
“You can determine whatever you want from a hand count from someone who stands to gain financially,” said Dabney. “A system that does this for newspapers all over the country determined what the ads are worth.”
Wylie and her husband, John, were the subject of a Daily Progress story three months ago reporting that a communications company owned by the couple had received $8,000 from District Attorney Janice Steidley to write press releases and do research. National ethics experts called the payments a conflict of interest because the couple also owns a newspaper that covers the DA’s office.

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