Washington County News and Holmes County Advertiser will be restored to separate publications as of November 1, parent company Kent Smith Group announced this week. While the News and Advertiser have their own websites, the two community newspapers were combined into one print product in late 2022 by the former parent company.

“When my partner, Adam Smith, and I acquired the newspapers, we promised the readers we would work to ensure Holmes and Washington counties would once again have their own community paper,†said Publisher Carol Kent. “While these communities are similar, they each have their own identity and are deserving of individual representation.â€

Kent went on to say the move is in tandem with changing press providers.

“To be frank, we have been dissatisfied with the print quality of the pre-existing press operations,†she said. “We have secured a contract with another provider so that our print readers can enjoy an improved product that features more vibrant colors and clean, high detailed, and sharp black and white print. While there is some cost associated with this move, it is an investment we are proud to make back into the communities we love and serve.â€

The change will not require any action from current subscribers; however, Kent says if anyone experiences any issues, they can reach out directly to her at [email protected]