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ASHLAND, Va. (AP) — Two central Virginia newspapers are shutting down, becoming the second and third community papers to close in the Richmond area this year.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports The Herald-Progress, which covers Ashland and Hanover County, announced Wednesday that it will publish its final edition this week. Company leaders determined the paper was “no longer commercially viable.”

Tennessee-based Lakeway Publishers Inc. said it’s also closing Herald’s sister paper, The Caroline Progress, which covered Caroline County.

The Times-Dispatch couldn’t reach company executives for further comment.

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The papers’ closures will follow that of the Hopewell News earlier this year. That paper shut down in January, laying off about 20 people.


Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch,