The old Daily Guide office stands for sale in St. Robert. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)
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With the shutdown of its newspaper, the Daily Guide, it joined more than 1,400 other cities and towns across the U.S. to lose a newspaper over the past 15 years, according to an Associated Press analysis of data compiled by the University of North Carolina.As recently as 2010, the Daily Guide had four full-time newspeople, along with a page designer and three ad salespeople.The death of the Daily Guide raises questions not easily answered, the same ones asked at newspapers big and small across the country.GateHouse said the Daily Guide, like many smaller newspapers across the country, was hurt by a dwindling advertising market among national retailers. It faces the same financial pressures as virtually every other newspaper company: Circulation in the U.S. has declined every year for three decades, while advertising revenue across the industry has nose-dived since 2006, according to the Pew Research Center.The Daily Guide supplemented its income through outside printing jobs, but those dried up, too, said Bernie Szachara, president of U.S. newspaper operations for GateHouse.To residents of Waynesville, the loss of their newspaper left a hole in the community.Like many communities, Waynesville is struggling with a drug problem.
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