Dear Reader,

We take our role as South Carolina’s oldest newspaper very seriously. After all, we are your newspaper and we work hard every day and for every issue to live up to the legacy of providing community news to the people of Georgetown County.

Through our 221 years, first as the Georgetown Gazette, and now the Georgetown Times, we have undergone many changes in order to serve you better. And now, after much consideration, we are about to embark on more changes.

The economic climate dictates that we adjust so that we can continue to provide you with the quality local journalism that you have come to expect for the past two-plus centuries.

At the start of October, we will be transitioning from our current two newspapers a week to one bigger weekly edition. The Georgetown Times will only be printed on Wednesdays, starting on October 2. We will make that newspaper bigger and better than ever, with all of the content from what are now two editions, rolled into one. You will get expanded local news and sports coverage, as well as your favorite local columnists, popular features like Museum Around the Corner, Mystery Plant and View from the Past, and crossword an Sudoku puzzles.

The good news is that our home subscription rates will remain the same, and it remains the best value that’s 52 weeks of the Georgetown Times for only $39 for in-county subscribers (that’s just 75 cents per week) or 26 weeks for just $20. Out-of-county home delivery rates will remain $115 for 52 weeks and $60 for 26 weeks. And, as a print subscriber, our content on southstrandnews.com will continue to be free, and that includes breaking news coverage.

And, if you purchase the newspaper in stores or on newsstand racks, the cost will be $1.

Change is never easy but we believe this will help keep costs in line and provide you with all of the news you have come to expect without increasing home delivery rates. We truly care – we are your friends, your neighbors and part of the community.

We hope you will agree that your local newspaper remains a great value. You get the latest news, sports, opinions and advertising, as well as valuable coupons which pay for the cost of the newspaper many times over.

Thank you, as always, for supporting local journalism.

If you have any questions or comments, please call me at 843-546-4418 ext. 243 or send me an email to pbanko@southstrandnews.com.

Sincerely,

Pete Banko

Publisher/Editor