South Georgia Advocate prints last paper edition


On Friday, May 31, UMR Communications and the United Methodist Reporter, the publisher and printer of the South Georgia Advocate newspaper, ceased operations due to financial pressures. Their closure ended a tradition of Methodist news coverage that began in 1847.

With UMR Communications’ (UMRC) closure, the May 17 issue of the Advocate was its last print edition. The editorial team is working with UMRC to assess the Advocate’s financial situation and is exploring options for the future of the newspaper. They are also working with UMRC to retrieve subscription records in an effort to communicate with subscribers and offer pro-rated refunds.

The South Georgia Advocate will continue to tell the good news of what God is doing in South Georgia via a twice-monthly online version of the Advocate. The digital edition can be accessed at A printable PDF file will accompany each online issue.

The Advocate’s editorial team thanks subscribers for their patience and support through this transition. Those who have questions may contact Kara Witherow, Advocate editor, at or 912-270-0851.

For more detailed information regarding UMRC's closure, visit