Two long-running Dawson County newspapers, the Gothenburg Times and the Cozad-based Tri-City Tribune, will both cease publication.
A post written by staff on the Tribune’s Facebook page on Friday said Platte Valley Media LLC of Gothenburg, owner of the two newspapers, informed its staff of the closures in a midday phone call.
The message said that Times and Tribune subscribers would receive refunds based on the time remaining on their subscriptions.
Josh Umholtz, listed in the message as a contact for advertising clients, did not return a call from the Telegraph.
The two newspapers’ websites were still online Friday afternoon, but by then the two newspapers’ Facebook pages had disappeared.
The twin closures end a brief contest of two newspapers in the two cities launched by the Gothenburg Leader foundation in 2019 and the relaunch of Cozad Local in 2021.
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Syndicate Publishing LLC, also located in Gothenburg, publishes the two new weeklies.
The Gothenburg Times had been published since July 17, 1908, according to the Nebraska Press Association and a search of the news.com website.
A previous incarnation of The Times was launched on August 7, 1896. JH Donahue purchased it a year later and moved it to Lexington, where it operated as the Lexington News until its 1899 merger with the Clipper-Citizen, now the Lexington Clipper-Herald. .
Dean Dorsey founded the Tri-City Tribune in Cozad on November 16, 1965, the press association said. His family sold the Tribune to Platte Valley Media after his death in 2013.
Platte Valley Media acquired The Times in 2015 from Greg and Kathi Viergutz, Lexington radio station KRVN-AM reported Friday.
Syndicate Publishing, owned by Gothenburg Leader founders Colten Venteicher and John Bell, also owns Callaway Courier and Minden Courier.
His revival of Cozad Local last year resurrected a long-standing name in this city’s newspaper history. The original local debuted on July 16, 1897, and lasted well into the 1970s, according to a journals.com search.