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Posted at 4:14 PM ET, 06/10/2010

Herndon's Observer newspapers close

By Washington Post editors

The Herndon-based Observer Newspapers have ended their 30-year run.

Publisher Christopher Moore tells the Fairfax Times that the newspaper is no longer in business. "We are not planning an issue for this week," Moore said. "The paper has lived its life span."

Moore said the economy and plight of newspaper advertising both contributed to ending the paper.

At its peak the paper published editions in Herndon, Reston and Loudoun County.

By Washington Post editors  | June 10, 2010; 4:14 PM ET
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Another sad end to a wonderful journalistic institution. Read online, but buy papers in the real world, people.

Posted by: tysonsara1 | June 10, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

This is a tragedy. Peggy Vetter singlehandedly created and ran that paper for years, starting in the late 1970s, and it was an important voice in Herndon. Farewell Observer.

Posted by: KidTJ | June 10, 2010 10:53 PM | Report abuse

The Observer has been slowly dwindling in content and advertising for the past few years. One could almost feel that it was life support in the past year. Not to long ago, it came free in the mail every week, with real reporting on important local stories, with an interesting or humouus editorial by then owner Tom Grein, and supported through advertising by many local businesses.

I do not understand why they could have not at least published one last issue, a tribute issue to the history of the paper and the towns (especially Herndon) it represented. I am sure plenty of people would of contributed to a final edition. As someone who read the paper faithfully for 21 years, I feel letdown by how they said goodbye, through other media sources. They obviously knew it was going to end, the way they did it, by not even explaining the end on their web site was a poor response to the community it informed all those years. I cannot help but feel that the current management was just not up to being inventive and risk averse enough to make it work, but that is just speculation, for indeed all newspapers are having a hard time surviving in the age of the internet, a down economy and a younger generation who do not read newspapers.

Best wished to all those who worked hard for so many years to produce the Observer and helped me feel and my family feel that we actually belonged to a community that cared for each other.

Posted by: KaliSurfer | June 13, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

I too am very sad that the folks at The Observer had to close it. It's been a family business and known as Herndon's "Home Town" newspaper for more than 30 years, so I imagine that it was an extremely painful experience to shut down.

Posted by: SUZANNEFulton | June 15, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

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