Beginning with the April 29 edition, readers will receive a reconfigured community newspaper, ThisWeek Johnstown Independent.

Beginning with the April 29 edition, readers will receive a reconfigured community newspaper, ThisWeek Johnstown Independent.

Redesigned into a reader-friendly 14-inch tabloid format, ThisWeek Johnstown Independent will continue to bring readers award-winning local news, schools, sports and commentary coverage, packaged with midweek advertising from area businesses.

The paper will still be delivered on Sundays.

The recent merger of ThisWeek Community Newspapers and Suburban News Publications precipitated the new publication.

"We're excited to bring together the considerable strengths of these formerly separate weekly newspapers. We plan to produce one new powerhouse product for readers and advertisers in the community," said Roy Biondi, group publisher for ThisWeek Community News. "Our online presence at ThisWeekNEWS.com will be bolstered as well through the combination. In print and online, we will produce an outstanding community news product."