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MP father and MSP son praise community newspaper as it reaches 100 issues

An MP father and his MSP son have praised their local community newspaper after it published its 100th edition.

The Nithsdale Times has been running since May 2015, and is based in Sanquhar, in Dumfries and Galloway.

The fortnightly publication, which covers Mid and Upper Nithsdale, is run by the Sanquhar Community Council and marked the milestone on Thursday.

On alternative weeks, the area is served by a second community newspaper, the KKS News (Kirkconnel, Kelloholm and Sanquhar News), and the two titles cooperate on production, which is largely run by volunteers.

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The KKS News, which celebrates its 100th issue in the summer, is published from offices in Kirkconnel by the local heritage society.

Congratulating the Times, Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell said: “I know from my regular visits to Mid and Upper Nithsdale how much my constituents appreciate being served by two community-run newspapers, between them providing an extremely valuable service.

“Producing newspapers to tight deadlines is hard work and I would like to congratulate everyone at the Nithsdale Times on reaching their 100th issue.

“I believe, despite social media, that local newspapers remain an important ingredient in pulling communities together by accurately informing residents of what is going on in their own neighbourhoods.”

His father David Mundell, who is the MP for Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale, added: “Local newspapers are a living, physical record of the areas they serve, presented in a reader-friendly way, which, in the case of the Nithsdale Times and the KKS News, have a fantastic readership reach into local households.”