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Irwin newspaper to be absorbed

Standard Observer to become section in Tribune-Review

Saturday, January 29, 2000

By Dan Fitzpatrick, Post-Gazette Staff Writer

With its circulation sagging, the Standard Observer will cease publication as a separate newspaper and instead will become a twice-weekly section of the Tribune-Review.

Greensburg-based Tribune-Review Publishing Co., which owns the 30-year-old Irwin paper, announced the move yesterday. The change is effective March 1. Some employees may be transferred to other Tribune-Review publications.

In a statement, Tribune-Review President Ed Harrell said the decision would affect employees but it is "unclear" how much. He could not be reached for comment.

The company's personnel department is trying to identify other positions for Standard Observer employees. "We want to retain as many of the people as we possibly can," Tribune-Review personnel director Jack Herrity said in the statement released yesterday. "These are loyal and dedicated individuals, many of whom have been with us for a number of years."

The Standard Observer will begin appearing on Wednesdays and Saturdays as a section of the Tribune-Review.

The plan is to place the Standard Observer in 16,500 copies of the Tribune-Review and deliver them in a region that includes Irwin, Jeannette, North Huntingdon and parts of West Hempfield and Penn Township.

In recent years, circulation of the Standard Observer has declined.

In its most recent reporting period, circulation dropped by 622 copies, to 7,428, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations.

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