About us


The Early Bird has been going into Darke County homes each week for almost 50 years and continues to be the community’s source for local news and information. In addition to readers finding what they need, advertisers have also found they get results with The Early Bird. The second annual audit from the Certified Verification Council (CVC) shows over 83% of readers use The Early Bird for their purchasing decisions.

With the addition of the new Bluebag Media, everyone can stay better informed regardless of where you are at or wherever your travel takes you. Bluebag Media is Darke County’s daily source of news from your weekly hometown newspaper. The site features breaking news from around the county, as well as online contests, games and sports, from The Early Bird editorial staff and information on community events. The mobile site will make it easy for readers to get the latest news at work, in the park or sitting down to eat a restaurant. Readers can also take advantage of The Early Bird online. Don’t have your paper with you? Visit the site to read the free digital edition of  The Early Bird newspaper each week. We’re here for you 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

The Early Bird-Bluebag Media was purchased in 2012 by Keith Foutz and Fred Foutz, of  Brothers Publishing, LLC. The mission then, as it is now, is to continue to be Darke County’s newspaper of choice both in print and in the digital platforms. Contact the Foutz’s at publisher@earlybirdpaper.com or call 937-548-3330 during normal hours of operation. Click here to learn the history of our blue feathered mascot ‘Scoop’.

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