DAVIDSON, N.C. — Civitas Media, the corporate owner of The Lima News and a multi-platform information provider to local communities, announced today that it is closing eight suburban weekly newspapers in the Dayton and Raleigh, N.C., areas. The closings are effective Aug. 9.
“Our core business is focused on developing community news and information portals, in areas that are predominately rural and would not be served well otherwise,” said Michael Bush, Civitas CEO. “The suburban newspaper isn’t a fit in this business model. We have offered employment in the Civitas Media organization to the 12 employees who are being affected by this decision.”
The affected publications in Ohio are in the suburban Dayton area:
• Centerville/Washington Township Times
• Kettering/Oakwood Times
• Springboro Sun
The affected publications in North Carolina in the suburban Raleigh area:
• Apex Herald
• Cleveland Post
• Fuquay-Varina Independent
• Garner News
• Holly Springs Sun
Located in Davidson, N.C., Civitas Media encompasses more than 100 publications, many of which have served their communities for more than a century. Civitas, Latin for “community” or "citizen” is a union of four media entities formerly known as Heartland Publications, Freedom Central, Impressions Media and Ohio Community Media. Civitas employs more than 1,400 associates across 11 states including North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Illinois, Missouri, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.
Civitas publishes 35 daily, 28 weekend editions and 53 weekly publications for a combined circulation of over 1.6 million.
For any customer service information, contact Julie Laney at Civitas Media at 704-897-6020 ext. 1027.