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More newspaper closures in Central Arkansas

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click to enlarge COMBINATION: Website will merge Gatehouse Media operations in Pulaski County. A similar combine is planned in Lonoke County.
  • COMBINATION: Website will merge Gatehouse Media operations in Pulaski County. A similar combine is planned in Lonoke County.
Gatehouse Media has announced the effective end of five newspapers in Central Arkansas.

An article on the newspaper's Arkansas News website says seven existing weekly newspapers will combine to form two weekly newspapers — one for Pulaski County and one for Lonoke County — effective May 10.

In Lonoke County, the Cabot Star-Herald, Lonoke Democrat and The Carlisle Independent will combine into the Lonoke County Democrat and will be distributed on Wednesdays.

In Pulaski County, the North Little Rock Times will remain, and folded into it will be the Maumelle Monitor, Sherwood Voice and Jacksonville Patriot for a weekly newspaper that will be distributed on Thursdays.

Regional Publisher Ed Graves is quoted as saying there will be a "new, bigger and better combined weekly reading experience.” He also promised a stronger digital effort on county-oriented websites.

“We hope those sites become a daily destination for our online readers,” said Regional Editor Jeremy Peppas, who will remain in that role for the combined papers. “We’ll have daily coverage from the counties as well as news and sports coverage from arkansasnews.com. It is all part of an overall effort to adjust as both consumers of news and the advertisers that support those efforts as the shift towards digital media continues.”

Peppas is quoted as saying there'll be no jobs lost in the changes.

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