Change in publication next week

Due to the economic stresses caused by the public health crisis, all Bluff Country Newspaper Group publications will merge next week into one publication published on Monday under the Bluff Country Reader banner.

The decision made last weekend will conserve resources during this period of forced limitations and reduce expenses in light of decreased revenue resulting from those limitations. The move is tentatively planned just for next week, but notable changes in the newspaper operation are likely for a longer period of time.

The combined publication next week, which will include content and advertising from the subscription papers, will be delivered free to local residents. Current subscribers to any of the five subscription papers living out of the area will also receive the merged publication.

“The sudden, unprecedented changes in the economy call for drastic responses to the situation,” said Publisher David Phillips. “We want people to continue receiving local news, but we just don’t have the resources to provide information in the same way as always.”

Due to the quickly changing circumstances of the public health crisis, the suddenness of this decision and the changes in work routine, there may be some glitches in the production of the merged publication. Phillips asked readers for their understanding as the newspaper operations undergo a transformation that wasn’t even in the planning stages a week ago.