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Will the StarNews begin delivering papers to homes in Columbus County again?

Robyn Tomlin
StarNews

Q. Is there any possibility that the StarNews and its new owners will begin delivering papers to homes in Whiteville and Columbus County again?

UPDATE: In the answer below, posted in June 2012, former StarNews Editor Robyn Tomlin explains why it’s unlikely that the StarNews will again offer home delivery in Columbus County. But in the newspaper game, we learn never to say “never.”

Starting January 2013, the StarNews is once again available for home delivery in Whiteville, Fair Bluff, Chadbourn and Evergreen. The service is offered through an agreement with the Fayetteville Observer.

– Si Cantwell

THE OLD ANSWER:

Dear reader,

Anything is possible.

Unfortunately, it’s just not probable that the StarNews will be in a position to revive newspaper home delivery services in Columbus County anytime soon.

Currently, we deliver single copy newspapers to a variety of locations in Columbus county and Whiteville, so that loyal readers there can pick up a copy of the StarNews each day in a rack or store location. Our ability to offer home delivery in an area is dependent on having a route that has enough subscribers on it to make it profitable. If a carrier has to travel 50 miles to deliver a handful or copies, we end up having to subsidize the cost of delivery on that route. In these economic times, that’s no longer an option.

The good news is that we have an electronic edition of the StarNews that is an exact replica of the print edition and it can be delivered to your e-mail inbox anywhere in the world every morning for just $6.29 per month. If you are interested in subscribing to the e-edition, here’s a link to the site where you can learn more and subscribe: http://datacenter.starnewsonline.com/eedition/

While it’s not a printed newspaper, what you will see on the pages there is identical to what subscribers across our three core counties (New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender) receive on the driveway each morning.

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Sara Cartrette

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