It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing the closing of Ark City Daily Bytes.

This decision has not been easy to make, but after 2 1/2 years, we’ve have had to take this step.

While our readership has grown consistently throughout our time in production and remains as strong as ever, the financial growth we needed to see in order to continue this company never was realized.

There are several factors involved in this, including the cost of printing a physical newspaper, Facebook changing the way businesses spend their advertising dollars and many readers’ reluctance to pay for news. These are battles that all media organizations are facing right now.

As of Oct. 31, 2018, we no longer will be updating www.acdailybytes.com. The website will stay up for a time and readers still will be able to access our archives.

We would like to thank all of those who have supported us during this grand adventure — the family and friends who barely saw us during our first year of operation, our investors, our loyal advertisers, and especially our devoted readers.

Your loyalty, support and encouraging comments have meant more to us than words can possibly express (and that is saying something, because we are word people).

We’ll look back fondly over these 30 months and we always will be incredibly proud of fighting for “truth, justice and the American way.”

We ask all citizens to stay informed. Be your own watchdog and, maybe most important, look for the good in Ark City.

There is plenty of it there, if you just look.

Best wishes!