A weekly newspaper is to cease print publication after 139 years next week after it was decided to take the title online-only.
The South Yorkshire Times, which covers the Mexborough and Dearne Valley area between Rotherham and Doncaster, will publish its final print edition on Thursday 15 December.
The Johnston Press-owned paper, first published in 1877, says it “no longer makes sense” to publish a weekly print edition in an “internet and social media age.”
It set out the changes in an editorial published in this week’s edition which hit the streets today.
It read: “Next week’s South Yorkshire Times will be the last printed edition of the newspaper. From next week our readers will be able to find all the news for this area on our popular website at www.southyorkshiretimes.co.uk instead.
“In an internet and social media age producing a weekly print version of the South Yorkshire Times no longer makes sense for most readers. They prefer to obtain all their breaking news as it happens on our website with updates across social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter.
“By moving the Times online it means that our journalists can spend more time working on the most popular digital platforms. However we are committed to keep working in your area. To report the news as it happens.
“We would like to issue a heartfelt thank you to all of our readers and advertisers for their continued support of the Times over many years. We hope, if you do not already read the Times online, that you will do so in the future – for it is within the digital arena that your Times will continue to live and serve the community.
“In the coming weeks we will also be considering how we can feature more news from the Dearne Valley and South Yorkshire region within the pages of our sister newspaper, the Doncaster Free Press, which already covers much of the region.
“The final edition of the Times will be published next Thursday, December 15, with all your usual news, sport and features.”
The Times has been run from the Free Press offices in Doncaster since 2012 when its own office in Mexborough closed.
A year earlier, journalists at the paper went on strike for eight weeks over a reorganisation which saw the then editor, Jim Oldfield, made redundant.