The newspaper was founded in 1927 as the Welch Daily News and published on a six-day evening basis. The paper has declined along with the decline of McDowell County, which has lost eighty percent of its peak population in 1955 by 2010. In 1975, the paper ended its Saturday edition, publishing Monday–Friday afternoons. In the 1980s the paper ended subscriptions to most comics and syndicated columns, as well as subscriptions to national wire services, and began to cover local events only. In 1995, the paper began its current publishing schedule.
While the official company name remains "The Welch Daily News, Inc.", the front-page nameplate masthead was shortened to The Welch News when the publication schedule was reduced from five days per week (Monday through Friday) to its current schedule of three days per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday). The Welch News and its sister publication, The Industrial News, a weekly newspaper in Iaeger WV, are the only newspapers published in McDowell County. The Welch News has been operating in the same location on Wyoming Street in Welch, WV since it was established in 1927.