Bellevue Gazette newspaper closes after almost 149 years

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BELLEVUE, Ohio (AP) — A small northwestern Ohio newspaper has announced it is closing after nearly 149 years.

The Bellevue Gazette is publishing its final edition on Wednesday. The Civitas Media-owned property had been publishing only twice a week after switching from daily last fall. Its circulation was about 1,000, after peaking at about 4,300 in the 1970s.

The statement on its website says recent cost-cutting measures weren’t enough to keep the newspaper financially viable in the changing media landscape.

The newspaper was founded in October 1867 and was owned by the Callaghan family until 2007.

Jim Lawitz, Civitas’ vice president of editorial, says a company-owned weekly newspaper in nearby Clyde also was shuttered. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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