Daily Southerner ceases publication
The 1,400-circulation Daily Southerner of Tarboro published its final edition on Friday, May 30. The closing includes the paper's website, www.dailysoutherner.com.
The Journal-Register in Medina, N.Y., also published by CNHI, ceased publication on May 30, as well.
Read the article from last Friday's edition:
Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., the paper's owner, said The Daily Southerner could not sustain itself economically despite efforts to reduce costs by reducing frequency of publication, and outsourcing production and printing operations.
The Daily Southerner, which traces its history to 1826, has been losing money in recent years, said Steve McPhaul, executive vice president and chief operating officer for CNHI.
"We tried every way we could to keep the paper going, including talking to potential buyers," said McPhaul. "It eventually came down to the last, reluctant option of ceasing publication."
CNHI, based in Montgomery, Ala., is one of the nation's leading publishers of local news and information. The company serves more than 130 communities in 23 states with newspapers, magazines, niche publications and digital sites.
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