The newspaper's history as a daily dates back to 1891, but its former sister weekly newspaper, the Shelby County Democrat, first began publishing January 1, 1849, in Sidney (as the Shelby Democrat).
The Democrat was purchased in 1876 by General James Oliver Amos, and became the first newspaper published by Amos Publishing. The Amos family began the Daily News in 1891 and published both papers until June 28, 1940, when the Democrat folded. The family sold its interest in the Daily News in 1999.
After exiting the newspaper business, Amos Publishing continued to operate, still headquartered in Sidney, as the publisher of several magazines dedicated to hobbies such as coin collecting and automobile restoration.
In February 2009, the Daily News and two other Brown papers stopped printing Tuesday editions because of the weak economy. Brown Publishing filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on April 30, 2010; its Ohio assets, including 14 daily newspapers and about 30 weeklies, were transferred to a new business, Ohio Community Media, which was purchased in May 2011 by Philadelphia-based Versa Capital Management.