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Tonawanda News will end publication Jan. 31

The Tonawanda News, a 134-year-old community newspaper, will cease publication after Jan. 31, the newspaper announced Thursday.

Twenty employees will lose their jobs.

Publisher Chris Voccio said in a report on the newspaper’s website that the paper was no longer profitable due to tough economic conditions.

Revenue from advertising and poor circulation numbers were not enough to keep the operation going, he said.

“The company tried everything possible to stabilize and grow the paper, but it eventually became an impossible goal,” said Voccio, who declined to comment furthur.

According to the paper, located in North Tonawanda, its circulation is 3,500.

The Tonawanda News’ website also will shut down after Jan. 31, and online and print subscribers who have paid beyond that date will be given refunds.

The paper was founded in 1880 and is part of Greater Niagara Newspaper Group, which is owned by Community Newspaper Holdings. It is published Wednesday through Sunday, covering the City of Tonawanda, North Tonawanda, the Town of Tonawanda, Kenmore and Wheatfield.

Community Newspaper Holdings, based in Montgomery, Ala., owns more than 100 newspapers and other publications in 23 states.

The Medina Journal-Register was also part of the newspaper group, before it closed on May 30.

The local holdings of the newspaper group now includes the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls and the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. Those papers will continue their operations, according to an online report.

The group’s other holdings in New York State are the Daily Star in Oneonta and the Press-Republican in Plattsburgh.