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Midwest City Sun prints its last edition

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The Midwest City Sun printed its last edition Oct. 28 after publishing for nearly three decades.

The publication, which launched in 1980, was most recently owned by Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. based out of Birmingham, Ala.

"There were financial struggles," Linnie Pride, CNHI's vice president and division manager, told The Oklahoman.

"It's been struggling for several years, but the last two years have pushed us over the edge."

CNHI owns 21 Oklahoma newspapers, including The Edmond Sun, The Norman Transcript and The Enid News & Eagle. The Sun covered Midwest City, Choctaw, Del City, Harrah, Spencer, Nicoma Park, Luther and Jones. The corporation has no plans to close any remaining newspapers, Pride told The Oke.

With the closure of the twice-weekly newspaper, the director of the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame said he mourns for all citizens in eastern Oklahoma County.

"There are several communities that were served by this paper, and those communities are losing a vital part of their identity and existence," Director Terry Clark wrote on his "Coffee With Clark" blog at clarkcoffee.blogspot.com. "Communication has the same root word as community " one is essential to the other.

"Where will those people go for information about flu shots, about local government, about schools, about people marrying and dying? They will be ignorant and thus detached, and isolated and separated. An ingredient of the adhesive holding them together is gone."

The Associated Press reported the closure will affect 10 employees.

Rest in peace, Midwest City Sun.

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