Three Transcontinental-owned newspapers in southwestern Nova Scotia will be merged into one beginning Feb. 2.

The Yarmouth Vanguard, the Digby Courier and the Shelburne County Coast Guard will all operate under the banner of the Tri-County Vanguard.

In an article posted on the three newspapers' websites, managing editor Jennifer Vardy Little said the three offices will remain open and changes to staffing levels aren't planned.

"The new Tri-County Vanguard will provide a bigger, better package of stories that mean the most to all of our readers in southwest Nova Scotia," she wrote.