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Star News prints final local edition

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It’s an impact being felt across the newspaper industry, fewer people are relying on the morning paper for their connection to the world. That combined with tough times, equal changes at the Star News.

“Media has been changing there is no denying that, but when you add the recession on top of that it escalated the whole situation and brought it to a whole other level,” said publisher Bob Gruber.

Gruber said the paper has to do things differently and are shutting down their nearly forty-year-old printing press.

The paper will be printed in Fayetteville, and shipped back to readers in this area. “Number one is economics and number two is just the logic of being able to put out two newspapers at one site.”

With advertising sales down and plenty of competition from the web, the Star News has seen a decrease in revenue.

With the transition to Fayetteville, 24 full-time and 13 part-time employees in the pressroom have been eliminated.

The paper has been around since 1867, so it has seen it’s fair share of changes. For example, it’s name. It was known as The Evening Star, The Morning and now the Star News.

Whatever the name or what competition may be out there, some loyal readers aren’t giving up this tangible part of their morning routine.

“I want to be able to pick it up hold it and read it and do whatever I want with it,” said Christopher W. Rogers.

As of Tuesday, the paper will also have a new look. Pages will be two inches narrower than before with a new format and a new logo.

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videoIt’s an impact being felt across the newspaper industry, fewer people are relying on the morning paper for their connection to the world. That combined with tough times, equal changes at the Star News.

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