The Helena-West Helena World is preparing to publish it's final issue Sept. 6, but is actively working with a party interested in pursuing local ownership.

After 148 years, The Helena-West Helena World, proudly serving the Phillips County area, is preparing to publish it's final issue Sept. 6 but is actively working with a party interested in pursuing ownership. The newspaper’s staff is incredibly grateful for the many years of support from subscribers and advertisers, and is optimistic that The Helena-West Helena World will continue in some form.
Like many newspapers in small cities and towns across the country, The Helena-West Helena World has been adversely affected by shrinking print advertising budgets. And, like many other newspapers, has done more with less, and increasingly sought out the community’s support in storytelling.
“We will do everything possible to avoid closure, and hope that The Helena-West Helena World continues to serve this community,” said Matt Guthrie, GateHouse regional vice president. “Our company is committed to a sustainable future for local journalism, and will enthusiastically work with any interested parties.”
Jennifer Allen, East Arkansas group publisher, said her staff has been proud to be part of the newspaper's tradition of local, reliable journalism.
“Since the paper’s earliest days, The Helena-West Helena World has served our communities for generations,” said Allen. “From covering the historic floods in 1927 and 1937, which toppled Helena-West Helena’s once-booming lumber industry, to recognizing the recent heroism of a young Marvell resident who warned his neighbors when a house fire broke out — we’ve chronicled the sorrows and celebrated your successes.”
While recognizing the impact the possible closure has on the community as a whole, Guthrie wanted the opportunity to express his appreciation and heartfelt sympathy for the employees, past and present, of The Helena-West Helena World.
“Their devotion to hyper-local coverage throughout the years has been remarkable,” said Guthrie. “We want to extend our sincere thanks for their many years of service and while we know the community as a whole will feel this loss, our employees will feel the impact hardest.”
Readers and advertisers with questions, concerns — or those who simply want to share their experiences — can reach out to Allen directly by email, jallen@gatehousemedia.com, or phone, 870-534-3400 ext.1204.
Subscribers to The Helena-West Helena World will receive refunds no later than Oct. 6 for the balance of their subscriptions, with checks mailed to subscriber billing addresses.
Advertisers should continue to timely remit outstanding payments. Advertisers with questions regarding their payments, or for those who want to learn more about GateHouse Media’s digital marketing capabilities, can also contact Allen.