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Friday, October 31, 2014

The Tonawanda News, sister paper to the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, will cease production on Jan. 31, the newspapers announced on Thursday.

The Tonawanda News has served the Tonawandas for 134 years, the paper's publisher said in a story that appeared online on the Tonawanda News, Niagara Gazette and US&J websites. The decision to close it was made due to "economic conditions," according to the article.

“Revenue from advertising and circulation simply could not sustain the operation,” Publisher Chris Voccio said in the article. “The company tried everything possible to stabilize and grow the paper but it eventually became an impossible goal.”

In addition to the physical paper ceasing production, the paper's website,, will also be shuttered at the end of January.

The Tonawanda News was a six-day-a-week publication until 18 months ago when it stopped publishing on Tuesdays on May 5, 2013, along with the other three papers comprising Greater Niagara News — the Medina Journal-Register, the Niagara Gazette and the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal. Earlier this year — on May 30 — the Journal-Register ceased publication and its website went dark.

The identical, and news stories both indicate that "the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls and the Lockport Union-Sun & Journal in the north suburban Buffalo market (will both) continue to serve their markets."

The three papers — as well as Greater Niagara News' weekly papers and other periodicals — are printed in the Tonawanda News building on River Road in North Tonawanda. The company did not indicate that that would change.

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