By The Associated Press
LAUREL – Emmerich Newspapers says it will start a newspaper to replace the Laurel Leader-Call, which shut down last week.
In a statement, Emmerich said the start-up newspaper would be launched April 15 with the name The Chronicle.
Wyatt Emmerich, the president of Emmerich Newspapers, said the new community newspaper will serve Laurel, Ellisville and Jones County. Emmerich plans to hire the entire Leader-Call staff to work for the new paper.
The Chronicle will publish three times a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday. Emmerich said he hopes it can eventually become a seven-day publication.
Emmerich publishes 25 community newspapers primarily in Mississippi.
“We believe in the importance of community news,” Emmerich said. “We were shocked to hear of the closure of the Leader-Call. We tried to buy it, but the parent company would not sell for legal reasons. So we decided to start The Chronicle.”
“We just had a record year of profits,” Emmerich said. “We believe in the vitality of community newspapers. We believe we have succeeded by concentrating on editorial quality and local news gathering.”