If you’re a fan of the idea of having a bunch of home-improvement experts coming to your house to crush your “honey do” list — and getting to be on TV in the process! — do I have a contest for you.

“Today’s Homeowner,” a nationally syndicated home improvement show produced right here in Mobile starring Danny Lipford, is launching the “Win Danny and His Crew” contest for 2016.

Lipford says the number-one question he’s asked is how can people get him and his crew to come to their house. This contest is the answer.
The winner will get: A home visit from Danny Lipford and his “Today’s Homeowner” team to tackle the winner’s to-do list; up to $1,000 in materials to complete projects; and a featured role in an episode of “Today’s Homeowner TV.”

“Each year I look forward to reading the thousands of entries we receive and learning what projects fans have in store. I can’t wait to meet this year’s winner and get started!” Lipford said.

For a non-handy guy like me, this would be perfect, especially if they’d let me sit on the couch and watch TV while they tear out walls and refinish floors. Maybe it’s time to start stuffing the ballot box.

Those who are interested should head on over to http://www.todayshomeowner.com/windanny and get signed up.

BW transformation
OK, so through some really amazing detective work — namely opening up a Friday Press-Register — we were able to see what became of the BW entertainment tabloid the P-R discontinued recently.

Much like what happened years ago, the tabloid has transformed into a section of the paper. It is now simply called Weekend. As I detailed last week, more than a decade ago Bay Weekend was a tabloid, then discontinued as such and turned into a separate section, only to be reborn a few years later as the stand-alone tabloid BW. And now back to being a section.

T-P rolling off Mobile presses now
Last week, after 200 years of printing in New Orleans, The Times-Picayune started being published on Water Street in Mobile.

The move had been announced some time ago, but the T-P’s presses went silent last week and the paper is now being printed at the Press-Register’s former building on Water Street. It’s now sent over via computer and printed copies trucked back to New Orleans in the wee hours of the morning.

The move also means the T-P’s iconic clock tower building in New Orleans will soon be shut down and the presses disassembled. And while the presswork has come to Mobile, design work for the P-R and the other Newhouse-owned Alabama papers has moved to New Orleans. Got that straight?

Lagniappe printing 28,000
This issue marks Lagniappe’s growth to 28,000 issues per week. As announced recently, Mobile County’s largest locally owned newspaper is in the midst of a 20 percent increase in circulation over the first quarter of the year. A 1,500 weekly increase already took place a couple of weeks ago. We will reach 30,000 by April 1, if not before.