Raytown Tribune ceases publication

St. Joseph-based NPG Newspapers closed down the weekly Raytown Tribune, which was founded in 1925.
Its last issue was Aug. 28.
NPG, a division of the News-Press & Gazette Co., publisher of the St. Joseph News-Press, acquired the Tribune in 2004 when it purchased the newspaper division of Townsend Publications. NPG later bought Sun Publications, another group of weeklies in the Kansas City region.
NPG then combined some of the Townsend and Sun publications.
The Tribune had more than 1,000 paid subscribers, but most of its circulation of about 11,000 was free.
Another weekly, the Raytown Post, serves the market with a circulation of about 3,500. It was founded in 1975.
Lee Sawyer, NPG’s general manager, said the Raytown paper didn’t fit well geographically with the rest of the operation, and running the paper was “a big challenge.”

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