New year, new rumors about The Hattiesburg American

By DAVID GUSTAFSON,
Sam Hall, The Hattiesburg American’s Jackson-based executive editor, said Wednesday that rumors about the newspaper closing its doors for good in March are simply false.
 
That’s good news for the handful of remaining staffers who still work for the fledgling newspaper. 
 
Since 1995, paid distribution of The American has decreased by 25,497 readers.
 
Today, the newspaper boasts a paid distribution of barely 4,000. 
 
Just last week, several of the newspaper’s longtime columnists (including outdoor writer Phil DiFatta, who has written for The American for more than 35 years) were notified they were being dropped from the newspaper beginning Jan. 1. We have reached out to Phil and the other columnists in hopes we can continue with the tradition The American has discarded. 
 
Stay tuned and cross your fingers.
 
– David Gustafson