The time is right. Sometimes change is good, and the time has never been better for Cumberland County’s two weekly newspapers to merge into one.
Next week will see the launch of The Citizen-Record, which will see the resources of the two publications pooled together to create one strong, unified voice for the communities of Cumberland County. As the notice on Page 2 indicates, there will be no loss of columns or features from either paper. Rather, there will be a bigger, better product to offer both traditional and new readers of both The Citizen and The Record.
So, after more than 37 years, and 1,951 issues, this marks the last official issue of The Citizen. While that might bring a tinge of sadness to some, we hope readers will share our excitement of what is to come. This does not have to be seen as the end of anything, but rather the beginning of something fresh and new.
The Citizen’s strong focus on life in rural Cumberland County with its articles, correspondent reports and columns will be maintained in The Citizen-Record.
The bonus will be that Citizen readers will now be treated to more features that had previously been exclusive to The Record, such as articles and columns from the Springhill area, and the Max Haines crime stories.
Like any community newspaper, the success of The Citizen-Record will depend on the level of connection it has with the communities it represents. With this move we will now be connected to all of Cumberland County’s communities.
That means we will continue to seek your contributions and your feedback. Whether you want to become a correspondent, or if you want to submit a photo, news item or letter to the editor, please don’t hesitate in contacting Andrew