Independent to re-launch closed papers

At a time when many other newspapers are failing, a small Valley publisher is gearing up to resume publication of three community newspapers.

Independent Newspapers, which already publishes local newspapers in 11 communities around the Valley, will start publishing three more—at Arrowhead Ranch, Chandler and Gilbert. Chandler and Gilbert are slated to begin Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Actually, Independent will be returning to those three communities. It had earlier pulled out of some communities when it was caught in the middle of a competitive battle between two of the country’s biggest corporate publishers: Virginia-based Gannett (which publishes USA Today, The Arizona Republic and nearly 1,000 other publications around the world), and Freedom Newspapers, which publishes the News-Sun in the West Valley and the East Valley Tribune. Continue reading