Carnduff and Oxbow newspapers have merged.
In announcing the changes, owner Roger Holmes said the move is necessary to ensure these communities have a viable newspaper.
The merged paper will be called The Oxbow-Carnduff Herald-Gazette.
Star News Publishing purchased the Carnduff paper in October of 2015 and the Oxbow paper in June of 2016.
Given the two communities are only 28 km apart and have a lot in common, Holmes said it made sense to combine them into one larger paper rather than having two smaller ones.
Subscription lists will be merged he said. Those currently subscribing to both papers will be credited appropriately.
The paper will have two full-time staff members, with each spending about half their time in each community. Long-time employee Chrystal Pickard will concentrate on helping the communities with their advertising needs as well as keeping her eyes open for local stories and photo opportunities.
New full-time employee Miranda Hanus, who is a graduate of the Indigenous Communication Arts program at the First Nations University, University of Regina, will concentrate on local news reporting and will be able to help with advertising needs as well.
A big advantage to advertisers in the area is they will now only need to place an ad in one paper to cover the entire area.
Holmes commented a strong community newspaper is vital to the health of small communities and this change is necessary to ensure the newspaper can survive. He also noted community support for small newspapers is vital to keep them alive. We need to work together, he concluded.
Star Publishing | January 13, 2017