WINNSBORO — The Herald Independent will move its publication day to Thursday, effective next week, while reducing the number of issues each week to one.
Additionally, The Herald Independent is cutting its yearly subscription rate to $26 for 52 weeks and $13 for 26 weeks. Current subscribers with funds left on their account will have their subscriptions extended based on the amount remaining on their account.
Patricia Edwards, general manager of The Herald Independent, said the decision to reduce the paper to once a week was not an easy one to make but will fit the overall model for the paper and its mission better than continuing to publish twice a week.
“When you look at a community paper like The Herald Independent, you want to give your customers the maximum amount of news you can in the best and most economical manner possible,” she said. “With increasing postal costs and production costs, we had to look at the model we had and ensure that we were giving our readers and our advertisers the best possible service we could. Going to one day a week will allow us to do that.”
Edwards said that readers can expect a more robust product on Thursdays, the first edition of which will come out Dec. 10. The final Tuesday edition was published Dec. 1.
“We were already packing a lot of local news into the paper as it was but this will allow us to focus more on local content, help us to push that content out in a stronger product and build our footprint in the community,” she said.
She said the paper’s website — www.heraldindependent.com — will continue to provide breaking news and updates throughout the week and on non-publishing days, just as it has in the past. The website, coupled with the paper’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/The-Herald-Independent), will continue to give the paper a presence as well.
“The Herald Independent grew out of a deep and rich history and we intend to honor and build on that,” she said.
The Herald Independent published its first issue on March 4, 1982, after the News & Herald combined with the Fairfield Independent to become The Herald Independent. The News and Herald’s history dates back to 1876, the year it was formed through the merging of the Fairfield Herald and the Tri-Weekly News.
“We are excited about this change and believe it will be good for the paper and for the community,” she said. “We are excited to be getting back to our roots of being a true community newspaper, covering what happens in Fairfield County and helping its residents chronicle their own lives through our pages.”
Subscribers with questions can call The Herald’s office at 803-635-4016 or send an email to Edwards at firstname.lastname@example.org.