The Mountaineer’s first-ever weekend paper was published last week. We are encouraged by the feedback we have received so far, but we want you to know it is a work in progress.

Haywood has never had a local newspaper that readers can enjoy on the weekends when they typically have more time to read investigative stories, enjoy feature stories and work the puzzles inside most news publications.

Our first issue included much of what readers indicated they wanted in a Sunday paper. But, like many things, it is hard to articulate what you want before there is a concrete example of it. In the Jan. 5 publication, we’ve provided that, and now we want to hear from you again.

Looking at the new content, did we hit the mark? For instance, do you like the comics and new puzzle options, as well as Dear Abby? What about the outdoors section? History? The enhanced business pages?

A 2019 reader survey indicated that many wanted more investigative pieces. That is on our agenda, but we’d like for you to toss out a few ideas of issues you’d like to read about.

Subscribers who get The Mountaineer delivered by mail should receive their weekend paper with their Saturday mail delivery. If this isn’t the case, let us know.

For those on newspaper carrier routes, your delivery will probably be later than your normal weekday delivery because the paper is coming from the printer much later than on Wednesday. Our carriers have assured us they will get your paper to you as quickly as possible.

Likewise, our news rack locations will have papers later on Saturday than usual but should be filled before lunchtime.

The digital version of the Weekend Edition will be available on line to all subscribers first thing Saturday morning. If you are a subscriber and don’t have access to The Mountaineer online, call us at 452-0661 and someone will walk you through the process of getting logged in.

This is your community and The Mountaineer is your newspaper. We will always strive to help make this community better by informing, inspiring and engaging with you, our readers. The information you need to know to be an informed citizen like local government, school news, crime or what’s driving the local economy will always be part of our focus.

But we are also your guide to the many things there are to see, do and experience in Haywood County, much of which is included in our weekly issue of The Guide, distributed in the Wednesday issue of The Mountaineer and on racks throughout Western North Carolina.

We mean it when we say we want to hear from you. Please send an email to and let us know your thoughts.

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