Veteran reporter and editorial writer Jane Nicholes has joined Lagniappe’s staff as a reporter covering Baldwin County.

Nicholes spent 16 years working for the Press-Register from 1996 to 2012, where she served stints as both reporter and editorial writer.

Prior to her time at the P-R, Nicholes was managing editor at the Times of Acadiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was a reporter covering county government and health care at the Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro, Kentucky, from 1983-1986, and preceded that with two years as a reporter at the Southwest Times Record of Fort Smith, Arkansas. There she covered federal courts, police and county government.

Nicholes is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.

New website
Our online readers may have noticed a big spruce-up of that took place over the past couple of weeks.

As always we have tried to keep the site clean and easy to use. We hope the update will improve our readers’ experience and also provide better advertising opportunities.

Call News circulation numbers
The Citronelle Call News ownership statement published in the paper’s Oct. 21 issue would indicate a bit of the amazing growth it claimed last year has slipped over the past 12 months.

The statement, a requirement of maintaining a publication-class postal permit, says the paper averaged a paid circulation of 18,462 each week over the past year. That’s down from the weekly average of 20,780 publisher Willie Gray claimed in 2015, but still a massive improvement from the 5,150 average submitted in the paper’s 2014 statement.

The latest statement lists a 1,251 in-county mailed subscription average, and says 17,077 people pay to pick up the paper at its boxes and distribution points. Two years ago the average mailings were 1,000 a week and boxes and distribution point sales averaged 3,991.

Ownership statement numbers are self-reported.