BECKLEY, WV (LOOTPRESS) – After nearly 100 years of continuous publication, the Register-Herald will cease publishing a Sunday edition in 2022.
Sources tell Lootpress that the announcement was made this week. The new changes will bring about a new publication called “Weekend Edition,” which will be published on Saturdays.
“The newspaper’s history dates back to 1880, when the Raleigh County Index was established by Edwin Prince, a Beckley merchant. In 1893, Robert A. Spencer acquired the paper and renamed it the Raleigh Register. After further changes in ownership and party affiliation, the Register settled down as a Democratic paper and remained so until it ceased publication in 1984. Meanwhile, county Republicans launched the Raleigh Heraldin 1900.
In 1912, a local newspaper dynasty was born when Charles Hodel, who had previously been editor and manager of the Herald for 18 months, took over editorship of the Register and management of the corporation owning it. In the fall of 1921, the Register began publishing twice a week, and in 1923 a Sunday issue was added. In 1924, Beckley’s first daily newspaper, the Evening Post, was established. In 1926, the backers of the Post bought the Raleigh Herald and combined the two, naming the publication the Post- Herald. In 1928, the Registeralso became a daily.
In September 1929, Hodel took over the Post-Herald while retaining the Register. The Beckley Newspapers Corporation was organized, now owning both papers. Hodel became president and general manager of the new corporation and publisher of both papers. Hodel’s sons, Emile, John, and George, followed him into the newspaper business. Emile became editor of the Post-Herald in 1957. John became editor of the Register in 1962. Charles Hodel died in 1973, and George became president of Beckley Newspapers in 1965.
In 1976, Beckley Newspapers Corporation was sold to Clay Communications, a Charleston company publishing the Charleston Daily Mail and other papers. The evening Register was merged into the morning Post-Herald in 1984, with the combined paper named the Register-Herald. Clay Communications sold its newspapers, including the Register-Herald in 1987 to Lincoln Publishing Company, an affiliate of Thomson Newspapers. Community Newspaper Holdings of Alabama bought the paper in 2000.” – Smith, Judie “Beckley Register-Herald.” e-WV: The West Virginia Encyclopedia. 14 May 2013. Web. 03 December 2021.
In 2020, the circulation was 11,075, and in 2021 the circulation was 9,335 in Raleigh County. The paper has suffered due to digital media and the declining population in recent years.
The company has suspended publication on Monday and Saturday in recent years but has not changed its pricing to subscribers or advertising rates. The company has released no information as to whether the cost or advertising rates will be adjusted with the suspension of the Sunday edition.
The last day the Sunday publication will print is Sunday, January 9, 2022. The new Saturday publication will begin on January 8, 2022.