Two Mississippi Weeklies Merge Into One Newspaper

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The first issue of the new Monroe County Journal will hit newsstands April 9, according to officials with Journal Publishing Company.

“The merger of The Amory Advertiser and The Aberdeen Examiner into one Monroe County product has been discussed and studied for years. Our final decision was based primarily on one of our company’s basic objectives – to build community,” said Billy Crews, the CEO of Tupelo-based Journal Publishing, which owns the Amory and Aberdeen papers.

During the past month, interim general manager Charlie Langford and the staff in the Amory and Aberdeen offices have been working to bring together the merged product, Crews said.

Crews said the combined newspapers will have expanded news, features and sports. He said offices will be maintained in Aberdeen and Amory.

“With the merger of these two county newspapers, our paid circulation will be more than 7,300 making this our largest weekly product,” said Clay Foster, chief operating officer of Journal Publishing.

Journal Publishing Co. also owns the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, a daily located in Tupelo; and weeklies in Chickasaw and Pontotoc counties.

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