Paper Boys in Iowa City Reign Supreme

Posted on: August 8th, 2014 by ABC News No Comments

Stockbyte/Thinkstock(CARROLL, Iowa) — During the times before parents worried about everything, a lot of kids, usually boys, had a daily paper route to earn a little spending money for pizza and other sundries.

Nowadays paper routes are nearly obsolete, but not in Carroll, Iowa, where the Daily Times Herald is still the newspaper of record. In fact, the publishers depend on youngsters to deliver the Herald every afternoon, five days a week.

Kids between the ages of nine and 17 aren’t exactly going to get rich doing it since they only earn ten to 12 cents for each paper they put on someone’s porch or in their mailbox each day. However, the pay is okay in most cases and the hours aren’t long. One deliverer says he’s only outside for 30 minutes.

The Daily Times Herald itself is modest in size at 16 pages per edition, but it must be doing something right because in 2013 it received the honor of Iowa’s “Newspaper of the Year.”

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