From the Springboro Sun

Ohio’s oldest weekly newspaper will soon cease to exist. As of Jan. 20, 2013, The Western Star — along with the Pulse-Journal and the Fairfield Echo — will be closed, according to Terry Bouquot, Cox Media Group’s senior director of business operations for the Cincinnati market.

The company has announced that it will create two free publications that will be distributed on Sunday, and known as “Today’s Pulse of Butler” and “Today’s Pulse of Warren County.” The Western Star was first published Feb. 13, 1807 by John McLean, who eventually became an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, according to Wikipedia.

Over its first 116 years, the paper had several owners until it was purchased in 1923 by the Brown Publishing Co. which was owned by Congressman Clarence J. Brown. Brown owned it until 1998.

Over the years, the newspaper was led by a number of well-known local journalists. In March 1970, William Kreeger was named publisher; Joe Falter became editor in August 1971, serving until he retired in 1994. Thomas Barr served as Western Star editor from 1994 to 2008. Under Falter and Barr, the paper earned many first or second place honors in General Excellence in the Ohio Newspaper Association Hooper Awards. In 2007 the paper earned third place nationwide in the Best Non-Daily contest by the national Suburban Newspapers of America.

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