Sedalia Observer no longer offering print edition

By Nicole Cooke - [email protected]

By Nicole Cooke

[email protected]

It appears the Sedalia Observer is no longer offering a print edition for its customers, as the Democrat has received several reports of local Observer subscribers not receiving a copy for weeks.

The Observer has not printed a new edition of its paper since October, and several newspaper racks around Sedalia still offer copies of the Oct. 1 edition. The publication’s website, however, seems to still be utilized, as it was last updated Monday evening.

The Observer’s Facebook page last posted an update around 9 a.m. Monday, yet no responses have been offered to several residents leaving comments on the page:

“Still waiting to hear why my subscription has not been coming to me,” Jim Bales wrote Oct. 27.

“Are you publishing a print version anymore or are you only online?” Joyce Sawford asked Monday morning.

“I see you are still writing articles,” Bales wrote again Monday evening. “Why aren’t you delivering your paper to paid subscribers? Or responding to emails?”

None of the comments have received responses from the Observer.

An article published Sept. 30 on the Observer’s website titled “Observations: Newspaper returns to original location” by Consulting Editor Pete Daniels states the staff recently returned to its location in downtown Sedalia from its temporary location at 2700 W. Broadway Blvd.

“The newspaper has returned to 406 South Ohio, the address it first occupied more than 25 years ago after an ownership change,” Daniels wrote. “Although that work is still not complete, the paper’s leadership determined that the time was right to go home.”

The Democrat attempted to contact the Observer on Tuesday, but the phone number listed for the paper is disconnected and email requests for comment were not returned.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

Nicole Cooke can be reached at 660-826-1000 ext. 1482 or @NicoleRCooke.

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