Dear Readers:

The Daily Independent has been the Ashland area’s reliable, trusted news source since 1896. Our current health emergency coverage has underscored the importance of the newspaper’s mission to provide you information you want and need. Many of you have expressed your appreciation — and for that we are grateful.

However, the sudden loss of advertising business has added to what already had been a newspaper industry under duress, causing us to restructure our resources so we can continue to serve this region in the future.

Effective Tuesday, we will begin a five-day-a-week publishing schedule by discontinuing the Tuesday and Sunday newspapers. We will continue publication and delivery to subscribers and newsstands on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Discontinuing two days of the newspaper will allow us to focus our resources on printing more local news on the other five days. The Saturday paper will be produced as a weekend edition that will include advertisements, news enterprise, extensive sports news and other content now contained in the Sunday paper.

As a newspaper subscriber, you will still have access to our complete local news, features and sports content on our website (dailyindependent.com) on Tuesday and Sunday as well as the other days of the week. If you have not activated your digital access account, we encourage you to do so. If you need assistance, call us at (606) 326-2600. Or go directly to www.dailyindependent.com/subscriptions.

Readership changes, newsprint prices, print production expenses and delivery costs have resulted in many community newspapers publishing fewer days of the week to remain economically healthy.

Now added to these expenses is the loss of revenue caused by COVID-19’s impact on The Daily Independent. The majority of our revenue derives from advertising by local businesses, which are also suffering at this difficult time.

Yet we have been making our virus coverage available to everyone on our website. The result is record digital traffic that has inspired our staff. If you are not a subscriber, please consider becoming one to support our journalism. Call us at (606) 326-2600 and we will get you set up promptly.

We thank our subscribers and advertisers for their support over for the years. It matters to us now more than ever.

If you have questions about our changes, please email me at pbennett@dailyindependent.com or call me directly at (606) 326-2601.

Ashland and nearby communities are a remarkable region, with people who truly care about it. We pray everybody is well and safe.

Reach Publisher PATTY BENNETT at pbennett@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2601.

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