BLUEFIELD, W.Va. — The Bluefield Daily Telegraph announced Wednesday the retirement of its 39-year-old press in early August.
“From the first paper to roll off in 1979, this Goss Cosmo has served the needs of our readers and advertisers well but now, nearly 10 years beyond its projected useful life, it is time to shut it down,” Publisher Randy Mooney said Wednesday. “We can no longer sustain the quality that our customers demand and deserve. This extremely difficult decision ensures the continued presence of this newspaper in the community for years to come.”
“Newspapers are critical to the transparency of government and serve as the conscience of the community,” Mooney continued.
The newsroom staff, advertising department, business office and circulation will remain at 928 Bluefield Avenue.
Unfortunately, this means the loss of 24 jobs in our pre-press, press and mailroom departments. “These are phenomenal people who have served an average of 15 years, and in some cases many more…