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After 159 years, historian looks back on Carthage Republican Tribune

Updated: Jun. 17, 2019 at 2:53 PM EDT
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CARTHAGE, N.Y. (WWNY) - After 159 years telling Carthage stories, the Carthage Republican Tribune will be closing.

Town of Champion historian Lynn Thornton remembers the newspaper’s print shop.

“I can remember going in there and it was all wood and mental and you could smell the metal,” she said.

Last week the Watertown Daily Times announced it would be restructuring. That meant closing 4 small papers - one of them being the Carthage Republican Tribune.

“I’m sad, I really am, because it’s the end of an era and Carthage will not be the same without the Carthage Republican Tribune,” said Thornton, who is a volunteer in the heritage room at the Carthage Free Library and helps people learn about the past through old newspaper articles.

She says she hates to see the Carthage paper go.

“I’m hopeful that the Watertown Times will pick up and maybe have one page that’s local news of all the little places around that people would be interested in if they lived there they would want to know.”

Although there will no longer be a Carthage paper, the Watertown Times tells us there will be a reporter there, filing for both the Times and the Lowvville Journal. John Johnson, CEO of the Times, says no coverage will be lost in these areas.

It’s something former Carthage Republican tribune editor Jeremiah Papineau says he is happy to hear.

“That’s excellent news. There’s a hard working team there that does so much and to have those boots on the ground of people in the community, it’s nice to have those local people there telling those local stories,” he said.

Local stories, in a local paper, that Thornton wishes could stick around.

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