UNION – The Union Daily Times will change its name to The Union Times and begin publishing on Wednesdays and Saturdays only, effective Jan. 1, 2016.
With the change in publication cycles will come a change in the way the news is presented.
“Moving from a daily publication to a twice weekly product will give our staff time to do more in-depth stories about the community plus we are adding some features our readers will enjoy, like a Food page each week, a page highlighting Union County’s schools and a weekly photo page,” said Patricia Edwards, regional editor for Civitas Media’s South Carolina publications.
Edwards added that the comic pages, which also carry the TV grids, will continue to be a part of the paper as will the editorial page, sports page and church page.
Additionally, the paper’s web address — www.uniondailytimes.com — will not change and news of interest to Union County residents will continue to be posted to the website daily. The staff will also continue to use the paper’s Facebook page to push breaking news out to the public.
Kent Kilpatrick, regional director for Civitas Media’s publications in South Carolina, said the decision to change from publishing five days a week to two days was a difficult one to make but one that will be good for the paper and the community.
“The Times has a rich history in Union County and we as a company recognize its importance to the people who are our loyal readers,” Kilpatrick said. “This change will allow us to better utilize our strengths as a newspaper, which is telling the stories that matter to the people in Union County. We see this as a path to providing a better quality product for our readers and a way to strengthen our footprint.”
The Union Daily Times is one of five publications owned by Civitas Media in South Carolina. Civitas Media also owns The Easley Progress, The Pickens Sentinel, The Newberry Observer and The Herald Independent in Winnsboro. The Union Daily Times has been continuously published since 1850.
Patricia M. Edwards is the regional editor for Civitas Media’s properties in South Carolina.