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EDITORIAL: Changes at your newspaper

To our readers and advertisers:

As valued stakeholders in these newspapers, you are entitled to know that we are making several changes, including discontinuing our Tuesday and Thursday printed editions, and moving the actual printing of our newspapers to the production facility of our sister publication, the Gwinnett Daily Post.

This weekend’s edition of the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald will be the last printed at our plant in Jonesboro.

But, do not worry.

We will continue to provide the timely news, features, information and advertising content you need and want, seven days a week, via our online editions, which you can access easily, by computer or smartphone, at your convenience — and we will offer you improved printed editions on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

As you know, this economy, as well as the availability of news and information 24/7 on the Internet, have brought about great challenges for newspapers — from the largest metropolitan dailies, to the smaller, community papers like ours.

We are meeting those challenges by figuring out the best means to gain even greater efficiency, while still serving you — our readers and advertisers — with the products you need and want.

Discontinuing our printed editions on Tuesday and Thursday was not an easy decision to make, but faced with changes in readership habits and a dramatic increase in the cost of producing the traditional print product, we believe it is the best option for our newspapers and our customers.

Reducing the number of our printed editions will help us deliver to you expanded coverage, new content, more features, more entertainment items and reviews, as well as maintain all of the standard features you count on now — the crossword puzzles, comics, opinion pieces, horoscopes, SUDOKU, and more.

We will even add a third page to the sports sections in our papers to make sure you keep up with local high school action, and get more college and professional coverage.

Our first printed editions under these changes will be the Wednesday, March 7, editions of the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald.

Try them on, get comfortable with them, and let us know what you think. You are important to us; you’re the main reason why we do what we do.

We realize this will be a big change for you, but we’re confident you’ll enjoy the enhanced content and new features we will provide.

We appreciate your continued support and your input as we move forward, serving our local communities.

— Chet Fuller, Editor