|The Monitor-Herald, which began publication in Calhoun City in 1899, published its final edition the last day of 2009. Reflecting the people and history of the times, the newspaper’s 110-year life had been eventful, significant and worth celebrating.
Journal Inc., which owns the Monitor-Herald, explored selling the newspaper or donating it during the past six months, but ultimately decided to cease publication. “Calhoun County is best served by one good newspaper, and The Calhoun County Journal is positioned to continue to serve as the weekly newspaper of record for the entire county,” said Journal Chairman Billy Crews. Journal Inc. will continue to publish the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal and seven weekly newspapers in Northeast Mississippi. The Monitor-Herald was acquired by Journal Inc. in 2005, and while circulation has grown by 42% to 811, it remained the smallest revenue and circulation newspaper in the Journal’s group of local newspapers.
“The Calhoun County Journal has circulation totaling 4,700, with strong local ownership and a fine editorial tradition,” said Journal Publisher Clay Foster. “Our decision to cease publication reflects what was best for the entire county as well as our own business priorities,” said Foster.
Advertisers in the Monitor-Herald will still be able to have their messages delivered to the readers of the Monitor-Herald through the Shopper-Plus, which is delivered to 14,565 households in both Calhoun and Chickasaw counties. To contact an advertising representative call 456-3771.
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