In November 1922, Reverend Clay Trusty incorporated the East Side News (1918), the Christian Visitor (1914), and South Side News (1919) into a chain of neighborhood papers produced by the Home-News Publishing Company. The Christian Visitor, begun by Trusty and Cecil Stalnacker for Seventh Christian Church which Trusty pastored, focused on North Indianapolis.

After its incorporation into the Home-News chain, the Visitor continued to print mainly religious news until its demise in 1922. The East Side News became the Home-News, East Side, covering an area including Irvington and Woodruff Place. The South Side News was renamed Home-News, South Side and included the Shortridge and Fountain Square areas. The Home-News, North Side edition covered the area north of 38th Street, including Broad Ripple east of Washington Boulevard.

Home-News printed news regarding “local civic affairs, society news, church news, personal items, club and business news and anything of interest to local people”. The contents of each edition varied slightly. There were many columns such as “A Page Devoted to Indianapolis Theaters Owned, Operated and Managed by Indianapolis Men,” as well as serialized fiction. The eight-page paper was heavily laced with advertisements, particularly after changing its policy to one of free distribution in 1924. It had a circulation over 40,000 by 1925. The Home-News did not survive the Great Depression. Publication of the newspapers ceased in the early 1930s.

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