Paper carriers becoming a thing of the past

Thursday, June 12th 2008, 11:22 pm
By: News 9

By Mary Joseph, NEWS 9

As gas prices continue to rise, papers are turning to other methods to get their subscribers the daily news.

Since 1927, the Clinton paper has been an evening-daily, reaching over 4000 subscribers.

"As of Monday, the 16, we will be moving to a morning paper," said Clinton Daily editor and publisher Rod Serfoss.

The paper will be printed at night, labeled and delivered in the morning to the U.S. Post Office.

Serfoss blames high gas prices for the change in routine. Instead of a newspaper delivery person, a mail carrier will go house to house to drop off the Clinton Daily.

Leona and Melvin Shaw said they know the pain of high prices. They have delivered the Clinton Daily since 1986, a 30-mile route that is getting increasingly expensive.

"It's gone from about $250 a month to about $500 a month for fuel," Melvin Shaw said.

Several other newspapers in Oklahoma report they plan to change their delivery methods because the increasing price of gasoline.