Waurika newspaper shuts its doors

Waurika newspaper shuts its doors

WAURIKA, Okla._After 113 years, one of Oklahoma's oldest newspapers has shut its doors for good.

The Waurika News-Democrat, first published in 1902, printed its final edition on Wednesday after the paper cited "difficult economic conditions" as the reason for closing. Publishers say the paper struggled to increase revenue and reduce expenses over the years. Managing editor Jeff Kaley says what success the paper did have is a tribute to the Waurika community and the people of Jefferson County. The Waurika News-Democrat was a sister paper of the Duncan Banner.

It distributed around 700 copies weekly.