- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 18, 2009

COLUMBUS, GA. (AP) - The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in Georgia says it is eliminating 20 positions.

It’s the third time in less than a year the newspaper has cut its work force.

Publisher Valerie Canepa says 13 of the 20 cut positions are already vacant. She says there will be seven layoffs.

The cuts are part of restructuring by parent company, McClatchy Co., which announced earlier this month it is slashing its work force by 1,600, or 15 percent.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Canepa says some of its finance and accounting tasks will be moved to The Telegraph in Macon to create a regional finance center.

The Macon newspaper, also in the McClatchy group, announced last week it was eliminating 18 jobs and cut wages of many remaining employees by 2.5 percent to 10 percent.

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