Its history goes back at least to the 1870s. It’s published by Trinity Mirror Cheshire, a branch of Trinity Mirror North West & Wales. It’s the smaller (in circulation terms) of a two-title series together with the Widnes Weekly News. Both newspapers share the same editorial offices (in Widnes) and the same website.
A freesheet companion, the Weekly News Xtra, closed in the summer of 2011.
It comes out on Thursdays.