The Middlesboro Daily News becomes the Middlesboro News on January 1 as it changes its publication schedule to Wednesday and Saturday. Currently, the Daily News publishes Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, meeting the membership qualifications to be considered a “daily.” Newspapers published four or more times per week are considered dailies by the KPA Bylaws.
When it’s effective, the change gives the Kentucky Press Association 20 daily newspapers and 13 multi-weekly newspapers, defined as publishing two or three days per week.
The move was announced this week and comes just 16 months after its sister publication, the Harlan (Daily) Enterprise changed from four days to the same two days per week. Its Statement of Ownership filed in October, shows the Daily News has a paid circulation of 2,312.
According to Wikipedia, The Middlesboro Daily News was first printed in 1911. Its local owners sold it in 1970 to Worrell Newspapers, which sold it to The New York Times Co. in 1982. In 1990, the Times sold it and the Harlan Daily Enterprise to American Publishing Company, later renamed Hollinger International. It was later owned by Heartland Publications, which became part of Civitas Media. Civitas sold the Daily News and the Harlan Daily Enterprise to Boone Newspapers in 2017.