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Jones County newspaper starts distribution Sunday

Logo for the newly formed "The Chronicle" newspaper. Logo for the newly formed "The Chronicle" newspaper.

What appears to be a Suzuki dealership is actually the newly formed Chronicle newspapers headquarters. Located along 16th Avenue in Laurel, this newspaper replaces the Laurel Leader-Call that closed its doors after over 100 years in March.

"We made an effort to purchase the Laurel Leader-Call in two different occasions, and for whatever reason it didn't come together," explained Pat Brown with Emmerich Corporate. "And then when we received notification that the paper was ceasing operations it was natural for us to come in."

With paint drying and desks still being built, the newspaper already plans to start distribution this Sunday.

"This newspaper that comes out Sunday we are going to have a 10,000 distribution. It's going to go to everybody that subscribed to the Laurel Leader-Call because we hired the carrier force and that are going make sure that everybody got a copy of the paper is going to get one also," said Brown.

While the name may be different, residents will see some familiar faces when they step inside.

"We were able to hire everybody on the staff that wanted to come work for us, so it's going to be a lot of the same folks that reported news throughout the years with the Leader-Call," said Brown.    

Now some changes are planned for the paper, including a different format that will provide a better experience for readers.

"We are going to make our newspaper a little bit smaller which will make it easier to read. It's called a Berliner format. But it makes the page easier to reach. You don't have to hold the newspaper real far out, you can hold it up and still read and control it," explained Brown.

The paper will be printed in McComb and is slated to be distributed each Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday.

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