Big changes at The Index

Chuck and Margy Karpf are pleased to announce The Index is under new ownership as of November 1, 2014.

Chabella Guzman is the new owner and Publisher of the paper. She has many fresh ideas for the paper and the Karpfs are certain she will be very successful in her endeavor. During the transition of ownership, Margy will continue to work for the paper.

The Karpfs and Chabella Guzman are happy to announce new ownership of The Index.

The Karpfs and Chabella Guzman are happy to announce new ownership of The Index.

The first change will be moving the office to the Inventive Media office building at 1208 Center Avenue in Mitchell, NE. The email address and telephone number will change, but the fax number, 308 623-1320, and post office box will remain the same, PO Box 158 in Mitchell. The new email for The Index is Please continue to send your family news and items of interest to the community. The new telephone number is 308-225-6382.

Chabella grew up in the country outside of Mitchell. She was lucky enough to attend Victory Hill School, up to sixth grade when it was consolidated and her parents sent their kids to Scottsbluff Public Schools.

She has very fond memories of being in 4-H and attending the Scotts Bluff County Fair in Mitchell. Each year we would spend a week eating hamburgers and going to the rodeo. My sister Lily and younger brother Manrique showed many pigs and a few cattle. She attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln from 1985-90 acquiring a degree in Broadcast-Journalism. Chabella worked in radio for a while in Lincoln before moving to California. The west coast was not for her, and she came back west to Kansas City, and finally back home to the Panhandle.

Chabella has worked at the Star-Herald for about 10 years, as news clerk and then as reporter. She recently decided to move further into the newspaper business and is excited to have purchased The Index from Margy and Chuck Karpf.

She looks forward to continuing coverage for the communities of Henry, Lyman, Mitchell and Morrill.

Chuck hopes the communities of Mitchell, Morrill, Lyman and Henry continue to support The Index under Chabella’s stewardship. We know the paper is in capable hands going forward. He is thankful for the continuing support for The Index by local businesses and subscribers during the past 11 plus years and will miss both the accolades and the criticisms he has received for his weekly column.

Margy has enjoyed her time as Editor of the paper. It is a great job to have, talking to people, writing stories, taking pictures and then putting together the puzzle that the week’s news has formed. She is looking forward to helping Chabella get settled into her role as Publisher and Editor of the paper. The Karpfs would like to thank the Mitchell community for its warm welcome when they bought the paper and moved here. It has truly been a pleasure becoming part of this wonderful place.

George Ellsworth Mark started the paper in Gering under the name of “The Nebraska Homestead” in 1893 but moved it to Mitchell in 1901 and changed the name to “The Mitchell INDEX”. The “Lyman Leader” and the “Morrill Mail” newspapers have since been incorporated with it into “The INDEX”. Chabella now becomes the fifth owner of the newspaper since it began. First were George and Maggie Mark (1901-1944), second were Forest and Verna Snyder (1944-1965), Bryce and Maxine Wilkins (1965-2003) were the third owners and then Chuck and Margy Karpf (from 2003-to 2014.) The newspaper has the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating business in Mitchell.

As The Index is a small paper, the office is only open part time. When we need to take a photo or cover a story, the office may have to close during regular business hours. As always, we apologize for any inconvenience.