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Medina newspaper to close May 30

MEDINA – The Medina Journal-Register will close after publishing its final edition on May 30, the newspaper announced Wednesday.

Publisher Diane Crowe said in a Journal-Register article that efforts to save money by combining business and production operations with other publications owned by the Greater Niagara Newspapers group were not enough to ensure the Journal-Register’s financial viability.

The closing of the Journal-Register leaves this Orleans County village without its own newspaper for the first time since 1903, when the Daily Journal started. That paper was followed by the Medina Register, and the two publications merged in 1970.

The Journal-Register has a circulation of 1,500 and is published Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The paper has four employees, one of whom will transfer to the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, which also is owned by Greater Niagara Newspapers. GNN is itself part of Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. of Alabama.

Crowe said Journal-Register subscribers will be offered subscriptions on a trial basis to the Lockport paper, which is published every day except Tuesday. Journal-Register subscribers who have paid in advance past May 30 and who don’t wish to receive the Lockport paper will be issued refunds.