South Grenville Journal ceases production

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PRESCOTT – An all-too-familiar announcement was made on December 14th as the South Grenville Journal announced it was ending production immediately, after 11 months of operation.

The South Grenville Journal began in early 2020 after its purchase of the assets of the former Prescott Journal. The Journal was sold after the closure of the Winchester Press in December 2019. Both papers were previously owned by Beth Morris.

“It is with much sadness and very heavy hearts that we announce the immediate closure of the South Grenville Journal and Business News,” said Journal publisher Kate Evans in a statement on social media. “We thank the community, our staff, and our contributors for making the last year a magical and memorable experience.”

Evans attributed the closure to financial pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic but said that the paper had acheived successes since taking over the newspaper operations.

“We are grateful for the connections and experiences we have had to see this wonderful community from the inside out,” she said. “Though not on the pages of the South Grenville Journal, we are confident the story of South Grenville will continue to be told through the acts of kindness and community spirit that have so inspired us.”

Kate, along with husband Mike, owns Evans Printing, which published the weekly paper and remains in business with the newspaper closure. The company is also closing its monthly Business News paper which focused on business news in Grenville County.

The Journal traced its roots to the Prescott paper’s founding in 1890. At its peak it was part of a legacy group of weekly newspapers including the Journal, Winchester Press, Manotick Messenger, Barrhaven Independent, and Osgoode and Rideau Packet newspapers in Ontario, and the Tupper Lake Free Press, and Gouverneur Tribune Press in New York State.

Phillip Blancher, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Leader