In this economic crunch we find ourselves in right now, many businesses are folding up or cutting back. The newspaper industry is one of those groups that is struggling to hang on. Local newspapers are no exception. The impact of decisions by the Springfield News-Leader is very much evident in the writings of employee Chris Brewer on his blog. The discussion of furloughs comes up regularly.
Now comes word that The Monett Times has suspended Monday newspaper publication. That leaves the publication to be printed and distributed Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. While I understand the lack of need for a paper on the other days, I do wish the website would continue to update its content and have maybe a breaking news section for things that fall between Friday evening and Tuesday. A lot can happen in three days, even in a smaller community like Monett.