Arkansas Times Lays Off 3, Cites Drop in Revenue

The Arkansas Times recently laid off three employees because of a drop in revenue and a rise in printing cost.

The Times released a receptionist and two employees from the production department, leaving about 40 workers, said Times Publisher Alan Leveritt.

Leveritt said the Times recently saw its printing bill double, which led to the publishing company moving its printing business from the Democrat Printing & Lithographing Co. of Little Rock to the Breese Journal & Publishing Co., of Breese, Ill.

Leveritt wouldn’t say what DP&L’s costs increased to, and a spokesperson for DP&L didn’t immediately return a call for comment.

Leveritt also said the Times took a revenue hit when it closed its AutoBuyer weekly newspaper earlier this year after its publisher, Heather Baker, left to start her own auto guide.

Baker “had the relationships and took the advertisers with her when she left,” Leveritt said. “And that was a lot of revenue. So we’ve had to adjust our overhead to compensate for that.”