It cites 'ever-shifting market conditions.'
After nearly 17-years, the Frederick Gazette has ceased publication. The final edition is coming out this week.
On its website, the paper cites "ever-shifting market conditions" for its decision to close its Frederick editions, including changes in the news media, and more people going to the internet.
The article on its website also points to the Frederick News-Post's decision early in the 21st century to stop publishing a morning and evening edition, and radio and television stations changing hands, and "opting for a homogeneous blend of programming."
The Gazette was a weekly newspaper.
"While the local revenue stream in Frederick was strong and growing, the saturation of the market with various competitors did not allow for a profitable business model in Frederick County," says an article on the Gazette website.
The Frederick Gazette began distributing its copies free on doorsteps and driveways in Frederick County beginning in 1996. It purchased a small weekly newspaper in Mount Airy in the early 1980's as part of its plans to reach from Montgomery County into fast-growing Frederick County.
The paper said it provided an "award-winning blend of news and local sports, analysis, commentary and advertising that attracted local readers and businesses," according to the paper's final article on its website. It also said it offered "a fresh voice and perspective on the events of the week and reflecting the communities they served," quoting from the paper's last article on its website.
The Gazette calls this decision "regrettable but necessary."
The Gazette's parent company, Post-Newsweek Media, says the Gazette will continue to publish in Montgomery, Prince George's and Fairfax Counties, where this business model is strong.