In celebration of Christmas, which falls on Sunday this year, the Great Bend Tribune will publish its weekend edition on Saturday instead of Sunday, Publisher Mary Hoisington said.
“This will give Tribune employees a chance to stay at home and observe Christmas Eve with their families,” Hoisington said. Under normal circumstances, the newspaper’s news and production staffs work on Saturday and finish the Sunday paper that evening.
According to the Tribune’s masthead, located daily in the bottom left-hand corner of page two, the paper publishes every Tuesday through Friday and Sunday, except Dec. 25. However, with the 25th falling on a Sunday this year, it would have been possible to produce a Christmas paper, but that would have had to take place on Saturday, which is Christmas Eve.
“This is an important holiday and a time to be with those you love,” Hoisington said. “This way, we will still get the news our readers want delivered to them and allow for the seasonal observation.”
Saturday’s paper will be built on Friday, printed Friday night and delivered Saturday morning.
In addition, the Tribune’s front office will be closed Monday to mark Christmas. However, Hoisington said the news and production staff will follow an early deadline to put out an issue for Tuesday. It will be delivered at the usual time early Tuesday morning.