Civitas Media is closing the Kettering-Oakwood Times, the Centerville-Washington Times and the Springboro Sun, a company executive told the Dayton Daily News Thursday.
Scott Champion, chief operating officer of the Davidson, N.C.-based company, said no new owners will take up ownership of the papers. The closings are effective Aug. 9.
“It’s economic reasons,” Champion said, referring further questions to a statement from the company.
“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,” Michael Bush, Civitas chief executive, said in the statement. “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.”
Bush, reached by email, referred to the company’s statement.
The company owns some 14 weekly and daily suburban newspapers in the Dayton area, according to its web site. Those papers include the Beavercreek News-Current, the Fairborn Daily Herald, the Englewood Independent, the Piqua Daily Call and others. Elsewhere in Ohio, the company also owns the Lima Daily News.
The company is also closing five newspapers in the Raleigh, N.C. area. Altogether, Civitas said it publishes 35 daily, 28 weekend editions and 53 weekly publications for a combined circulation of over 1.6 million.