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This is the last edition of the Amherst Daily News

Today’s is the last edition of the Amherst Daily News as the paper moves from being a daily newspaper to a weekly one. The Amherst News will begin publication on Friday, Aug. 2.  

AMHERST – This is the last edition of the Amherst Daily News.

However, as one chapter in this publication’s 120-year history comes to a conclusion, another one begins as work has already begun on the first edition of the new Amherst News that will hit the newsstands a week from today.

“Today is a day of mixed emotions as we say good bye to the Amherst Daily News. It was a painful decision when we decided not to continue publishing the daily paper, but it’s also an exciting time in that we now have the opportunity to provide our readers with a true community newspaper,” publisher Richard Russell said Thursday. “The Amherst News will be a community-focused and community-driven weekly newspaper that will share your stories and photographs, reflect what’s happening in the area and connect our communities.”

First published in December 1893, the Amherst Daily News grew from a small four-page publication in the 1890s to a thriving publication under the ownership of J.H. Froggatt, former MLA and MP Percy Black, Richard VanSnick and Earl Gouchie before being purchased, along with the Citizen and the Sackville Tribune-Post in 2003 by Transcontinental Media.

The paper progressed from being an evening paper to a morning publication, covered local news through two world wars and was there to report all the good news, and not so good news during its history. It has recorded all the successes as well as the failures the community experienced.

It was also a training ground for many young reporters who would go on to work at much larger papers and with the Canadian Press.

Unfortunately with increased competition from the Internet and a challenging retail market, the paper is no longer sustainable as a daily product.

“The business model for a daily newspaper in Amherst is no longer sustainable, however we are confident we can continue to offer a quality news product through the new Amherst News and its sister weekly the Citizen-Record,” Russell said.

Russell said the Amherst News will continue to report breaking news as it happens on its website (www.cumberlandnewsnow.com), while it the printed product will be just one half of two community-oriented newspapers.

“We have adopted a digital first philosophy as a corporation and while Amherst may not have a daily newspaper any longer, we will continue to offer a dynamic website that will be our daily platform for news, photos and community events,” Russell said. “The website will be updated throughout the day with news and photos as events happen.”

The Citizen-Record, which is now publishing on Wednesday, will now have an Amherst news section to build upon its coverage of Springhill, Parrsboro and Cumberland County.

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Organizations: Amherst News, Citizen-Record, Sackville Tribune-Post Canadian Press

Geographic location: AMHERST, Cumberland County

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  • terrence pettigrew
    July 30, 2013 - 22:57

    sorry to hear this ,now where will i get the news from down east.Living in London Ont. for the last forty years i use to get the CITIZEN once a week than i started reading it on line.can,t wait to see where this will lead ty for all the years

  • Donald
    July 27, 2013 - 16:34

    Another sad day for Cumberland North.Is it me or does it seem we are going backwards it time.They are trying to make us feel better,by saying how great the weekly paper will be.Im sorry,for me reading a local paper once a week,compared to reading it five times a week is not better.Another lost for the local area.

  • Willie Wonka
    July 26, 2013 - 15:13

    Well it could have been a lot worse---The might Irving Empire could have gobbled up the paper to lob it into the New Brunswick monopoly that it controls. One would have had to put up with ALL the propaganda that it spews daily to those poor people north of you.

  • Rod Reading
    July 26, 2013 - 07:57

    I think the main concern most regular readers have is what happens to the court news now?