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"American Ceases Publication"
(from the 12/22/17 edition of the American)

(12/24/17 WBI smw) - The following article appeared in the Hale Center American in the December 22, 2017 edition:

Publisher Phillip Hamilton announced today that Triple S Media will cease publication of the Hale Center American today, December 22, 2017, ending 95 years of continuous publication of the weekly newspaper.

The American is one of the oldest businesses in Hale Center.

"It is with deep sadness that we have made the decision to close the paper," Hamilton said. "We have attempted to find a buyer for the newspaper for more than a year and have reached the point where it would not be financially prudent to continue publication."

Hamilton said the newspaper's archives would be donated to Hale Center Public Library, allowing them to be held locally so that residents have access to the abundance of history contained in the volumes. The library is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Triple S media will retain ownership of the Hale Center American name and copyrights to preserve the integrity of the publication, should an appropriate publisher be found at a later date.

Phillip and Ursula Hamilton, expressed special thanks to Albert Gomez, who helped the newspaper keep going in its twilight years by providing photographs.

"Without Albert's contribution we would have had to close the American much earlier," he said. "We owe Albert a debt of gratitude."

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