It was founded in 1870. Over the years it’s absorbed local rivals, including the Kidderminster Times and the Stourport News; these two titles had their own editorial content until 2005 and their own independent front pages until 2006. (Their names continued to appear in the masthead until 2011.) It was itself the subject of a takeover by a local rival, the Stourbridge County Express, in 1931.
It’s published by Newsquest (Midlands South) from editorial offices in Kidderminster.
Although it’s primarily a freesheet, about 10 per cent of the print run is sold each week.
Controversially, both the print edition and the online version carried advertising from the British National Party in the run-up to the 2009 European and local elections.
It comes out on Thursdays. An e-edition (free, but you have to provide your email address) is also available through the website.