Bamberg County to lose its local newspaper

by jovan1984

Bamberg — Bamberg County’s local weekly newspaper is folding.

The Advertizer-Herald announced on Friday that they’re closing for good.

Two other newspapers in the Aiken Area owned by the Advertizer Herald Publishing company are also closing: the Santee Striper and the Holly Hill Observer.

General Manager Chasity Ayer Rice wrote this statement on Facebook:

“I hate to say but the rumor going around town that The Advertizer Herald (this includes The Santee Striper & The Holly Hill Observer) is closing is sad but true. 9/30 will be our last paper.”

The owners have decided to sell or close all but 1 of their papers (all are in the upstate but The Advertizer).”

We will miss all of our customers and we would like to say thank you to the ones who truly supported us.”

Trib Publications owns the trio of papers. Trib is based in Manchester, Ga.

Johnny Kuykendall of Trib confirmed the shutterings and said a press release would be forthcoming. As soon as a release becomes available, we will update this post.

The Advertizer Herald was founded in 1973, via the mergers of the Advertizer and the Bamberg Herald.

This is a major loss for Bamberg County and a sign of the hard times that has befallen many newspapers nationwide.

The Times and Democrat

Image of Advertizer Herald front page via Facebook from August 19, 2020.