WILLOUGHBY, Ohio - Patricia Lambert is a carrier with the Willoughby News Herald, working two early morning routes to support her family, but last week only one third of her usual paycheck posted to her checking account.
An on-going bankruptcy at the News Herald parent company, the Journal Register Co., had placed the balance of her check in limbo.
The bankruptcy has effected Lambert and 142 other employees at the News Herald, and employees with the Lorain Morning Journal.
Lambert contacted me last week, when she heard her paycheck would be put on-hold.
"This is really putting a stress on my family," said Lambert. "It has cost me in bank fees by not having my pay, and I can't pay my bills."
Lambert said her newspaper routes have been her primary source for income for several years, a job that has her starting her day at 3 a.m.
NewsChannel5 talked with Journal Register V.P. of Media Relations Jonathan Cooper. Cooper says all employees should get the balance of their paychecks by the end of the week.
"During this sale process, The News-Herald will operate as usual," said McCloskey. "Day to day operations have not changed. "
Cooper added the funds have just been released by a federal bankruptcy court and carriers should be receiving their money in the next few days.
Newspaper employees who have questions or concerns about the sale should review an employee on-line FAQ
Still, for carriers like Lambert, it's going to be a scary week, as she waits for the balance of her paycheck.
"I'm just going to keep doing my job the best I know how," said Lambert. "I'll keep the faith, and just keep checking my bank statements, hoping this will be over soon."
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