September 8, 2013 12:26:34 AM
SARDIS -- The Southern Reporter, a weekly newspaper in Sardis, will cease publication after 150 years and merge with its sister publication, The Panolian.
Current Southern Reporter subscribers will begin receiving The Panolian twice-weekly in October.
Both publications are owned by Howell Publications Inc., based in Batesville.
The announcement was made Thursday in a news release from both newspapers and issued by the Mississippi Press Association.
The Sardis-based newspaper will put out a final edition on Sept. 26.
Howell Publications Inc. purchased the business from Cris Fletcher in 1998, a move that marked the end of three generations of Fletcher publishing dating back to 1930.