GateHouse closing 3 more state newspapers

Posted: September 6, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.

GateHouse Media, which last week closed two newspapers in central Arkansas, will follow that up with three more closings in Hope, Arkadelphia and Prescott.

September 14 will be the last day of operations for the Siftings-Herald in Arkadelphia, the Hope Star and the Nevada County Picayune Times in Prescott, Ashley Wimberley, executive director of the Arkansas Press Association, confirmed Wednesday.

Representatives of GateHouse, based in suburban Rochester, N.Y., didn't return telephone calls for comment.

GateHouse last week closed the North Little Rock Times and the Lonoke County Democrat.

Wimberley said the news was sad for the communities affected but added, "This is one company. We don't think it's a trend. We have many other member-papers dedicated to their readers and communities. We have many more that are successful and thriving."

Wimberley noted that the Arkansas Leader, in Jacksonville, is expanding into North Little Rock after the closing of the Times.

GateHouse also has "daily" newspapers in Conway, Fort Smith, Pine Bluff and Stuttgart, although the Southwest Times Record in Fort Smith is the only one publishing seven days a week, and 11 other weeklies in the state.

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*CORRECTION: Ashley Wimberley is the executive director of the Arkansas Press Association. Her name was misspelled in a previous version of this article.