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Locals dismayed as Waynesville newspaper shutters

The final edition of the Waynesville Daily Guide sits in a newsstand Friday afternoon. The newspaper shut down on Friday after 50 years in print.

A local business owner said Friday's death of the Waynesville Daily Guide left the community without an important voice.

Twyla Cordry owns a restaurant just steps away from the office that once housed the newspaper. She said the office's location in the heart of downtown meant people could drop by and ask for or provide information.

"The community's going to suffer," she said. "Our local school publications were in there, our football games were in there," she said.

The Waynesville Daily Guide published its final issue on Friday after 50 years in print. The Guide's demise came just nine days after another Missouri newspaper, the Carthage Press, met a similar fate. Both papers were published by GateHouse Media, which owns a number of newspapers in mid-Missouri.

Darrell Todd Maurina, the owner of the online Pulaski County Daily News, said the Guide's demise won't hurt Waynesville the way it would other, similar-sized towns. He said the proximity of Fort Leonard Wood and related development nearby means Waynesville residents have more news outlets to choose from. In addition to his operation, he said Pulaski County newsrooms include the Dixon Pilot and the radio station KJPW/KFBD. Still, Maurina said he will miss having competition. He said he blamed the paper's demise chiefly on GateHouse, which he said is cutting costs too aggressively.

"There comes a point when you're trying to cut costs, cut staff, you cut your readers, and then you cut your ad revenue," he said. "Some cuts don't make sense."

The Guide's closure notice said the GateHouse-owned Rolla Daily News will provide Waynesville coverage, but Cordry said that newsroom's distance from the town means it won't be able to cover news as effectively.

"If something happens, the Guide was here. Darrell is here," she said.

GateHouse Media did not respond to a request for comment.

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