The West Plains Daily Quill office will be closed Thursday and Friday in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Consequently, there will be no newspaper published on these days. The publication schedule will resume with the West Plains Gazette on Saturday.
In preparation for the upcoming holiday, the Quill has issued a reminder to its readers and contributors: Those wishing to submit classified ads or obituaries for Saturday's edition needed to have their submissions in by 5 p.m. Tuesday.
State offices will also be closed Thursday and Friday by order of Gov. Mike Parson, in recognition of the holiday. Included among the closures are driver examination stations statewide.
City and county buildings and offices will likewise be closed both days, West Plains schools and Missouri State University-West Plains are out of session this week for a holiday break, and MSU-WP offices will be closed Wednesday through Friday.
The two-day closure will alter regular trash routes in the city of West Plains, say officials: Monday and Tuesday routes will be picked up Monday, Wednesday and Thursday routes will be picked up Tuesday and Friday routes will be picked up on Wednesday. Contact city hall at 417-256-7176 with any questions. Regular operations will resume Nov. 27.
This Thanksgiving period also marks a significant transition for the Quill. Tuesday will be the last day for the daily e-Edition of the West Plains Daily Quill. Starting Nov. 27, all stories will be directly uploaded to the website daily, reflecting the evolving preferences of its reader base. This shift comes in response to analytics indicating a clear reader inclination towards accessing news directly on the website, as opposed to using the e-Edition format. E-Editions will still be published in conjunction with Wednesday and Saturday print publications.
Readers can rest assured that this change does not signify a reduction in content. The Quill remains committed to producing the same number of stories each day, ensuring that the news reaches its audience with greater speed and efficiency. Without the constraints of traditional newspaper layouts, stories will be presented in their full, unabbreviated form, providing a more comprehensive and fluid reading experience.
Furthermore, the Quill is set to launch a daily newsletter, which will be delivered directly to subscribers' email inboxes. This newsletter will offer a convenient, easy-to-read rundown of the day's top 10 to 15 stories, ensuring that readers are kept up-to-date with the latest local news.
As the West Plains Daily Quill adapts to the changing landscape of news consumption, it continues to uphold its commitment to being a trusted and reliable source of local news. This transition to a digital-first approach is a strategic step in the Quill's ongoing effort to meet the evolving needs of its readers while maintaining its dedication to journalistic excellence.
In a world where the manner in which we consume news is constantly evolving, the West Plains Daily Quill is committed to evolving with it. The transition to a fully digital format is a testament to the Quill's dedication to providing timely, accurate, and comprehensive news to the people of West Plains and the surrounding area. As we move forward, the Quill continues to stand as a pillar of the community, ever-evolving to meet the needs of its readers in these modern times.