The Paper of Montgomery County is abandoning its struggling home delivery service and instead will send the daily newspaper to subscribers by mail.
The Paper will switch from afternoon to morning publication April 2 and will be delivered by the U.S. Postal Service. Subscribers will receive the paper along with their regular mail deliveries.
Publisher Tim Timmons called the switch “a great answer” to the difficulty in delivering the paper to subscribers by the traditional method of newspaper carriers.
Home delivery problems, such as delays, have continued as The Paper has grown from a circulation of a couple of hundred paid subscribers at startup in November 2004 to about 4,500 now.
“With the growth we’ve experienced, trying to get the many new, as well as existing, customers their paper in a timely and consistent manner has been a struggle,” Timmons said.
The Paper begins its distribution shortly before noon and guarantees delivery by 6 p.m. Through mail service, some subscribers will receive their paper in the morning after letter carriers begin their routes as early as 9 a.m. Others will continue to receive their paper in the afternoon with their normal mail delivery.
Timmons said The Paper will be in news racks in the morning with the switch in publication, making it available throughout the day instead of only the afternoon and evening.
The Paper publishes Monday through Saturday. It does not publish on Sundays and the major holidays, such as Christmas and New Year’s. But it has published on four other holidays when there is no mail service — Martin Luther King Day, Presidents Day, Columbus Day and Veterans Day. It no longer will publish on those days as a result of the change.