In 1987, the paper was acquired by Hollinger. Current owner GateHouse Media purchased roughly 160 daily and weekly newspapers from Hollinger in 1997. GateHouse also owns The Benton Evening News, another daily covering Franklin County, Illinois. On April 1, 2015, Gatehouse Media announced that the Daily American would cease publication the week of May 10, 2015, ending nearly a century of providing local and national news to the residents of the West Frankfort area.
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