5 February 2014
It was launched in 2009 as a sub-edition of the Maidstone-based Kent Messenger and is published by the KM Group. The editorial offices are in Sheerness.
A freesheet companion, the Sittingbourne Extra, ceased publication in December 2011 and was replaced by a paid-for midweek title, the Sittingbourne News Extra.
The Messenger comes out on Fridays. A paid e-edition is also available via the website.