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Community Papers of WNY folds, closes Sun weeklies

Community Papers of Western New York, which filed for bankruptcy last December, is closing its doors at 5 p.m. Monday.

The company publishes a number of weekly papers, including the Hamburg Sun, as well as pennysavers in the Southtowns.

Publisher James Austin made the announcement in an email sent to employees, informing them they would be paid through the end of the day.

The company behind the 21 weekly papers in Amherst, the Tonawandas, the Southtowns and other local communities learned last week that its secured creditors would no longer be barred from taking steps to erase their debts. One of those creditors is The Buffalo News.

Austin said he was informed of the action by U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Carl L. Bucki late Friday afternoon and worked through the weekend to save the company.

“This is not what I thought would happen,” Austin said in the email.

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