A small town in Missouri is getting a new document with a not-so-subtle name: The Uranus Examiner.
The strange title was met with a series of reactions, from laughter to grunts, when it was announced on Wednesday in the tourist city of Uranus, which is pronounced like the planet.
Many have said that the name corresponds to the city of the same name on Route 66, which consists of only 25 people and a handful of kitschy companies, all owned by the self-proclaimed Mayor of Uranus, Louie Keen, who founded it in 2002.
The executive director, Natalie Sanders, said the examiner is meant to be a "fun" newspaper focused on local news and promoted by the city of only 25 people.
A small tourist town in Missouri announced its new newspaper on Wednesday, with the proposed name The Uranus Examiner causing a range of giggling reactions to moan
Many have said that the name corresponds to the city of the same name on Route 66, which consists of only 25 people and a handful of kitschy companies
It is said that Keen is providing financial support for the newspaper, which is being established just after the previous local newspaper of Pulaski County was closed the Daily Guide last week.
Wednesday's announcement was made by executive director Natalie Sanders, who led the Guide until June, when she left to form a team with Keen to create the new store.
The Uranus Examiner is expected to be published weekly and distributed free of charge to 15,000 local residents beginning in October.
providing traditional local news coverage along with some marketing content for the tourist attraction that has the largest belt buckle in the world and a huge candy store, among other extravagant accessories.
Addressing the controversial name, Sanders said: "We had thought about the Constitution, but most of us, the people who love us and who were part of the name, liked the" examiner "more.
The managing director of the examiner Natalie Sanders revealed the new document in a meeting of the city
Several officials, including the mayor of nearby Waynesville, Luge Hardman, were not amused by the suggestion.
The mayor of nearby Waynesville, Luge Hardman, was not among those who favored the name.
After Sanders' announcement, Hardman took the microphone and said, "No. I'm sorry, but the hint of that title exposes my city to public ridicule, and I will not be a part of it."
She continued: "I think the Pulaski County examiner would have been a real success, and I do not think it would have been a problem for the cities, but if he's going to put this insinuation in his name, he's not going to fly, at least for the City of Waynesville and the city of St Robert.
Hardman said that while she supports and respects Sanders as a journalist, she refuses to publish the legal notices that Waynesville must post on The Uranus Examiner, and prefers to publish them on Dixon Pilot or The Laclede Record.
The name also received a setback from Darrell Todd Maurina, owner of the site & # 39; Pulaski County Daily News & # 39 ;.
"If Louie Keen wants to take over and provide a media product to people in this community who want print media, I want that to happen," Maurina said of her new competitor.
& # 39; I want to see it succeed. That name does not indicate a serious newspaper.