It's been forty years but now it's goodbye...

by Chris and Kevan Pickup - The Regional

February 8, 2012

You can fight City Hall, but a small independent newspaper with limited financial means stands no chance against the juggernaut of a newspaper chain using a financial tsunami to swamp its competition in its drive for a monopoly. A newspaper like ours only survives on the strength of its advertisers. With the loss of some 13 pages of once-solid weekly advertising over the last six months to the lure of cheap rates, we cannot afford to continue.

We are therefore sorry to announce that this will be the last issue of the Regional News This Week.

It's been a rollercoaster forty years for us. We survived the back to back recessions of the '80s and '90s with its concomitant business bankruptcies by the skin of our teeth, and built ourselves back up with no financial help but that of our faithful advertisers, some of whom have been with us for almost the whole forty years, and to whom we are truly grateful. You can look at the bottom of this page for one of them. Jack Wardell began his business shortly after we did and now his sons continue in his footsteps.

We are also grateful to our readers, many of whom looked to us to help fight their battles against uncaring officialdom, or gave us leads on various issues in the community. We're proud of our history of taking on controversial issues that no-one else would.

Last but by no means least... our staff. Dorie had worked in our Dunncille store in her early days with us, but later took on the job of sales representatives. She single-handedly grew our advertisers by leaps and bounds over the next few years. During these past few very difficult months she and our classifieds editor Joan and bookkeeper Paula, have dug in, worked more hours and taken on extra tasks, all without complaining or having to be asked. Dorie, Joan, Paula... you are all very special people, and that you from the bottom of our hearts.