The Ashland Daily Tidings will switch to morning delivery of the weekday editions of the newspaper beginning Monday, Dec. 13.

The Ashland Daily Tidings will switch to morning delivery of the weekday editions of the newspaper beginning Monday, Dec. 13.

"Newspapers across the country for the past several decades have been making the transition from afternoon to a morning delivery cycle," said Grady Singletary, publisher of the Daily Tidings. "For the Tidings, doing so aligns the weekday delivery with the Saturday and Sunday morning products.

"In addition, morning delivery places the newspaper in the hands of the readers earlier, which is a positive for both the subscribers and advertisers alike."

The change will allow for consolidation of delivery with the Tidings sister paper, the Mail Tribune, which also distributes in Ashland. Newspaper carriers will be able to deliver both publications on the same routes, reducing their time and expenses in the process.

Subscribers will receive the paper by 6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. Saturdays.

The paper will be available at local newsstands and in racks at the same times. Daily Tidings subscribers will continue to receive the Mail Tribune on Sundays.

The move will coincide with the closure of the Ashland office of the Tidings. Business office, advertising and printing functions of the Tidings have previously been moved to the Mail Tribune office in Medford and now news production of the Tidings also will occur at the Mail Tribune. The reporting staff will continue to primarily work out of Ashland.

"We've decided to make this move after much discussion," said Singletary. "There's no escaping the fact that this is a challenging economy for all businesses and we all need to find ways to be more efficient.

"This allows us to keep our current news staff intact and will not result in any reduction in the staff or the local news that's important to people in Ashland. Reporters and photographers will still report on local news and event coverage just as before. The decision actually helps us protect that reporting and the delivery of important news and information to our readers."