The Daily Southerner of Tarboro to end publishing

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TARBORO, N.C. (AP) — The Daily Southerner of Tarboro, an eastern North Carolina newspaper which traces its history to the early 19th century, is ending publication.

Community Newspaper Holdings Inc., which owns the newspaper, said the final edition would be published on Friday. A statement from the Montgomery, Alabama-based, company said the newspaper could not sustain itself economically despite efforts to reduce costs by reducing frequency of publication, and outsourcing production and printing operations.

CNHI executive vice president and chief operating officer Steve McPhaul said the company tried every way it could to keep the newspaper going, including talking to potential buyers.

Nine employees will lose their jobs with the closing of the newspaper, which published four days a week. Subscribers who pre-paid beyond the final edition will get refunds.

CNHI also closed the Medina (N.Y.) Journal-Register on Friday, which had been in operation since 1903.

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