ROANOKE, Va. -

The Roanoke Times is laying off employees in a move it says will make the newspaper more efficient.  The company announced Wednesday morning it is eliminating 31 positions.

A handful of employees in the news department are losing their jobs, but the paper says most of the cuts come in the digital, technology and production areas.

Longtime owner Landmark Communications announced the sale of the newspaper to Warren Buffett's BH Media Group in late May. The company now owns 30 publications and websites in Virginia.

Like newspapers across the country, the Roanoke Times has wrestled with changes in the industry. In a statement Wednesday, the newspaper said the restructuring is designed to take advantage of "efficiencies within the larger organization."

In 2001, when the newspaper was making plans for a printing plant in downtown Roanoke, the company employed more than 400 people. After the latest cuts, the Roanoke Times and Roanoke.com will have about 250 employees here.