ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) — An Enterprise family-owned newspaper, The Southeast Sun, will cease publication following an announcement on its website Wednesday.
Titled “It’s been a good ride,” Sun co-editor Caroline Quattlebaum told the public about the unfortunate news and said today’s edition of the newspaper “will officially be the last published by our family”.
The Southeast Sun was born in May 1982 by Caroline’s father, Howard Quattlebaum, who went on to launch a sister newspaper, Daleville Sun-Courier, in August 1986. After his death in 2004, he left the reins of QST Publications between the hands of Caroline and her brother, Russell, who have been responsible for the journal as co-editors until the present day.
“My dad…had a vision to bring local news to the area in a way that was sorely lacking,” Caroline said in her June 8 op-ed. “I will never forget the feeling of awe and pride we published on the first Thursday, walking through the streets of the city and seeing those orange bags laying in the aisles and on the lawns as our very first edition was comprehensive and ready for our readers to devour and hear about what’s happening in our coverage area.
“Over the years we have made some wonderful friends, especially among local business owners who have chosen to advertise their business in our newspapers so that we can provide you, the reader, with local news each week,” wrote Caroline.
Quattlebaum cited the COVID pandemic, and the impact it has had on advertisers and the paper’s ability to get their ads to run, in addition to not being able to replace some of their recently departed employees as reasons for ending the campaign. publication.
Caroline then thanked several current and former employees as well as the Enterprise, New Brockton and Daleville communities and businesses that have supported them over the years.
You can read the full article on the Southeast Sun website HERE and interact with the newspaper’s social media post about the article at this link.
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