Effective on July 20, the Hartsville Vidette will be closing its office at 206 River Street and transitioning editorial operations to Lebanon.

There are several reasons behind the decision, said Publisher Mike Alexieff.

“Like many small businesses, we have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Much of our staff has been working remotely, which turned out not to be as disruptive as we thought. In addition, newspapers do not have near the walk-in traffic they used to. Days will go by without a customer coming to the door. Finally, given the first two factors, it’s an obvious cost-saving measure.”

Alexieff said the Vidette and its owner, Paxton Media Group, remain committed to the community, something Editor Chris Gregory reinforced.

“Our goal and duty of providing community-based news to our readers has not changed one bit,” Gregory said. “I plan to be just as accessible to readers, whether it’s a question about a government meeting, church announcement, or anything else.”

Gregory can be reached at 615-450-5756 or via email at

For advertising or circulation questions, call the Lebanon Democrat at 615-444-3952.

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