Erie is a major industrial city on the shore of Lake Erie in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. Named for the lake and the Native American tribe that resided along its southern shore, Erie is the state's fourth-largest city with a population of 104,000. Erie's metropolitan area consists of 281,000 residents. The city is the seat of government for Erie County.
Erie played a major part in the War of 1812 when President James Madison ordered the construction of a naval fleet at Erie. Noted shipbuilders Daniel Dobbins of Erie and Noah Brown of New York led construction of four schooner-rigged gunboats and two brigs. Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry arrived from Rhode Island and led the squadron to success in the historic Battle of Lake Erie. Because of the presence of Perry's flagship, the US Brig Niagara, Erie is known as the Flagship City.
Erie is in proximity to Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, New York; and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Once teeming with heavy industry, Erie's heavy manufacturing sector now consists mainly of plastics and locomotive building. Known for its lake effect snow, Erie is in the heart of the rust belt and has begun to focus on tourism as a driving force in its economy. More than four million people each year visit Presque Isle State Park, for water recreation, and a new casino named for the state park is growing in popularity.
The Erie Times-News is a daily morning newspaper in Erie, Pennsylvania. It has a daily circulation of about 61,000 and a Sunday circulation of about 88,000. The newspaper focuses primarily on Erie County, but also has readers in Crawford County to the south and even New York and Ohio, the states that border Erie County on the east and west respectively.
The Erie Times-News is published by the city's Times Publishing Company, not to be confused with, St. Petersburg, Florida-based Times Publishing Company.
The newspaper that would become the Erie Times-News began as the Erie Daily Times, which was first published April 12, 1888, by nine printers involved in a labor dispute at another newspaper. One of the printers who founded the Times Publishing Company was John J. Mead Sr., who eventually bought out his partners. Mead, his wife, sons and grandchildren would head the company until 2003. The company today is still privately held by the Mead family.
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