- Associated Press - Thursday, January 7, 2016

WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) - The (Washington) Observer-Reporter newspaper is expanding its circulation area now that a rival newspaper closed.

Trib Total Media shuttered the Valley Independent on Dec. 31 after it was unable to find a buyer for the Monessen-based daily. The paper served Monongahela River valley communities south and east of Pittsburgh.

The Observer-Reporter has also covered the same area and on Thursday says it plans to expand its delivery service in the area (https://bit.ly/1JZnPge).

Circulation director Bridget Vilencia says the Observer-Reporter has picked up 400 new Mon Valley subscribers in the past week and expects to see more.

The Observer-Reporter also hired Karen Strickland to lead its advertising sales efforts in the Monongahela Valley. She had been the multimedia manager at the Valley Independent.

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Information from: Observer-Reporter, https://www.observer-reporter.com


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