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Gutknecht: Change is a good thing
Jackson County Sentinel
Chris Willmon operates the press at the Jackson County Sentinel in Scottsboro, Ala., on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. (Photo by DeWayne Patterson | Jackson County Sentinel)

When you look at this newspaper, do you notice anything out of the ordinary? Does it smell different? Does it feel different stretched out in your hands? Is the ink a different shade of black?


I hope as you look at this newspaper you are looking at a product you are proud to hold. This week's newspaper is the first for The Covington News to be printed at our sister publication, The Jackson County Sentinel in Scottsboro, Alabama. 

On May 1, News Owner Patrick Graham purchased three newspapers in Alabama, one of them being the Sentinel. Along with that purchase came a printing press and as any good newsman would do, Patrick decided to bring the printing of all of his newspapers in-house. 

Every day, our job is to do what we can to make your community newspaper better than it was before. This, however, was a huge step for us and we are excited to continue to explore the possibilities of what this print change can mean for our readers. 

With the change, you will notice a slight reduction in the width of the page. Don't worry, that doesn't mean you are losing any content. It just puts us in like with most newspapers today and gives readers the size product they are used to with other publications. 

We redesigned pages to accommodate the change, and I hope that if I hadn't mentioned anything you wouldn't have even noticed. 

I would like to personally thank you for your continued support throughout the years. The Covington News has been telling the story of your life for more than 150 years and the change we've made this week is one more way to ensure the business continues to flourish for the next 150 years. 

As always, I look forward to hearing your feedback on these changes or anything else we're doing. 

Jackie Gutknecht is the editor and publisher of The Covington News. Her email is Twitter: @jackieg1991