Starting in mid April, the Neosho Daily News will publish twice a week instead of it’s current five-day schedule. The announcement was made late Wednesday by publisher Jamey Honeycutt.

Starting in mid April, the Neosho Daily News will publish twice a week instead of it’s current five-day schedule.  The announcement was made late Wednesday by publisher Jamey Honeycutt.
“Everyone is well aware of the challenging nature of the newspaper business and we have to adapt to survive,” said Honeycutt.  “To be successful and insure we are here covering Newton County for generations, we had to look at who and what we are and then decide how best to proceed.  We had to determine what we do better than anyone and that was cover local news.”
As the news business has evolved, state and national news are more readily available.  For years, the Daily News has included that content each day as a service. However, it has begun to dominate the news and even supplant some local content.  Honeycutt decided it was more important to utilize the pages of the Daily News covering only local events and issues.
Honeycutt admitted that the staff had heard the criticism of several newspaper editions during the week.  
“Several of the papers were thin and consisted mostly of state and national news, news many readers could find anywhere” stated Honeycutt.  
What the Daily News did best was hyper-local news that you would not find at any other media outlet.  Honeycutt wanted to focus on that aspect, even if it meant reducing the print days.
“We will still produce local news daily online,” Honeycutt said, “But when your print edition comes on Tuesday and the weekend, it will be a thick edition focused exclusively on local news, sports and advertising.”  Honeycutt hopes, by limiting the print schedule, it will be appointment reading, something no one will want to miss.  
Advertisers will also benefit from these special print editions.  
“In the past, advertisers had to choose how best to reach potential clients in five editions.  Now, they can cover their target demographic with two editions and one highly trafficked web-site,” said Honeycutt.
The weekend edition will hit the newsstands first thing Friday morning (April 21).  Home delivery subscribers will receive your paper delivered with your daily mail.  The second edition will publish on Tuesday (April 25).
Subscribers will see the difference immediately and Honeycutt along with newly named editor Todd Higdon think the changes will be welcomed by readers.
No other news agency in the area focuses on Neosho and Newton County like the Daily News and the Daily News takes it’s responsibility seriously.  
“We will continue to be the news leader in Newton County and reach more households regularly than anyone else,” said Honeycutt.  
He added that the paper will still be known as the Neosho Daily News since it will continue to post news daily despite printing twice a week.
The Daily News encourages its readers to send in news items, school news, club news, and sports items to the paper.
News items should be directed to the paper's managing editor (Todd Higdon) at thigdon@neoshodailynews.com; and reporter Dave Horvath at dhorvath@neoshodailynews.com. Sports stories should be directed to bsisney@neoshodailynews.com