Publisher Laura Welborn

As President Trump, Vice President Pence, Governor Holcomb and our locally-elected officials have stated in a variety of press conferences, we should expect a disruption to our lives like we have never experienced during the COVID-19 threat.

The crisis seems to be changing on an hourly basis. We have seen store hours shortened, city halls close to the public, bars and restaurants shift from inside dining to drive-through only and panic over toilet paper and cleansers. College students are being encouraged to move home and finish the semester online. We’ve seen schools close for multiple weeks and numerous events have been postponed or canceled with more to come.

During it all, our staff has been working to ensure that we remain a trusted source of information — both in print and online.

As this threat and its impact on our community unfolds, online publishing becomes more important than ever by providing timely, accurate information to you, our loyal readers. We are confident that our print publications won’t be interrupted should the coronavirus outbreak worsen significantly.

That said, this would be a good time to purchase a subscription and support your hometown newspaper, which will feel the pinch of what is expected to be one of the worst economic crises in our country’s history. We have several subscription options available. Feel free to call our circulation department at 812-663-3111, ext. 217000 during normal business hours to get more information.

Here are a couple of things that may be different for our readers and customers until things return to normal:

As we move forward, our page counts may decrease. As meetings and offices are closed or postponed, there will be fewer meetings to report on and stories to cover. As all high school, college and pro sports have been suspended until further notice, we will continue to publish relevant sports news as it occurs, but as expected, it will be much less. As civic and social organizations cancel or postpone their meetings, other news will temporarily shrink as well.

Hours for walk-in customer service at our office are currently restricted. Telephone and email customer service should not be affected.

You can still find us open 24/7 at https://www.rushvillerepublican.com, where we are constantly posting articles.

We will continue to monitor the ever-changing situation and act accordingly. Thank you for your continued patience and understanding. We’re all in this together. Stay safe out there.

Regional Publisher Laura Welborn

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