Winchester Press closes

The digital masthead of the Winchester Press newspaper on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. (winchesterpress.on.ca via Newswatch Group)

Update 10:48 a.m. Monday: Winchester Press owners refute closure; looking for buyer

WINCHESTER – A long standing news voice in SD&G has been silenced.

The Winchester Press – a weekly North Dundas newspaper with an over century-long history in the community – announced today (Jan. 3) on its Facebook page that “with mixed emotions” the Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020 printing of its paper was its last.

“Due to circumstances beyond the control of the staff, the Press is officially closed. We would like to thank our loyal customers for their support over the more than 131 years this publication was printed,” the post said.

At least two positions were affected in the newsroom closure and three more in administration and sales, based on the newspaper’s staff directory.

The paper had a circulation of 4,400, covering rural southern Ottawa, Dundas County and Kemptville.

It’s owned by the Morris Newspaper Group, which also owns the Prescott Journal. The Prescott paper announced a two week shutdown for its printing (Jan. 8 and Jan. 15 editions).

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