HomeTown Newspapers Shuts 2 Weeklies

By: Joe Strupp

HomeTown Newspapers Inc. of Howell, Mich. has closed two of its eight weekly papers and a weekly business publication, company executives said.

The Insider Business Journal in Brighton published its last issue Jan. 18, while the weekly Pinckney Express and Holly Herald each folded after its final issue was distributed last week.

The shutdowns will eliminate 15 jobs, according to HomeTown CEO and President Richard Aginian. He blamed the cutbacks on a slump in advertising. The company will continue to publish its six remaining weeklies, as well as the Livingston County Daily Press & Argus in Howell.

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