Starting this week, readers will see some changes in The Independent.

Most noticeable will be a change of the size of our front-page masthead. That stems from a shift in where our paper is printed and the need to accommodate new equipment for the printing of mailing labels. For several years, the paper has been produced in Newport as part of the family of publications that includes The Newport Daily News. Now, we will be printed in Providence.

News of a second, more significant change was shared online last week and appears on the front page of today’s edition.

The Independent and South County Life magazine are being sold to Rhode Island Suburban Newspapers, or RISN Operations, and its Southern Rhode Island Newspapers group. The July 5 edition will be produced in cooperation with GateHouse Media Inc., and for the following week’s edition, we will begin operations out of a new office in the Sawmill building in Wakefield. The paper will be printed in Providence under the new ownership.

What will not change is our commitment to serving the communities of Narragansett, North Kingstown and South Kingstown. We are retaining our staff, and the appearance and content of our publications will not change. We will continue to operate independently and with our own editorial focus. We are excited that the move will allow us to once again have a vibrant, physical footprint in South County that is easily accessible to our readers.

Such transitions are always challenging, and there is much work to be done. As we look forward to the next chapter in our story, we renew our pledge to continue “lighting the way.”

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