The Savannah Morning News will stop delivery July 30 to subscribers, stores and newspaper racks in 17 counties in Georgia and neighboring South Carolina, the newspaper reported Wednesday.
Deliveries will also be cut to portions of four additional counties.
Publisher Julian Miller said rising fuel prices, higher postal rates and advertiser pressures forced the newspaper to scale back its delivery area to cut circulation costs.
The change will cost the Morning News, owned by Augusta-based Morris Communications Company, about 1,025 subscribers.
“These have been long-term customers whom we are no longer going to be able to serve, and we really hate ending the relationship,” Miller said. “But we have to concentrate on our core market.”
The Morning News will continue to deliver to 14 counties in southeast Georgia and South Carolina, most of them within a 60-mile radius of Savannah.
Currently, the newspaper’s circulation area extends about 120 miles from Savannah to areas where the Morning News has “just a few subscribers and single-copy customers,” Miller said.
“With the cost of gasoline, labor prices, paper, trucking, everything has combined to make it impossible to recoup your investment that far out,” Miller said.
Mail subscriptions will still be available to readers outside the new delivery area, the newspaper said.
After July 29, the newspaper will no longer deliver to Appling, Bacon, Burke, Coffee, Emanuel, Glynn, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Montgomery, Pierce, Screven, Treutlen, Ware and Wheeler counties in Georgia. South Carolina counties being dropped are Colleton and Hampton.
Deliveries will also be stopped to portions of Bulloch and McIntosh counties in Georgia, as well as Beaufort and Jasper counties in South Carolina.