May 30, 2013 1:54 PM by Tina Macias

Two local newspapers cease publication

Two local newspapers have ceased publication this week, marking the end to 45 years of business in Acadiana.

The Rayne Independent, a 45-year-old weekly newspaper in Rayne, published its last issue today and the Scott Connection, a 5-year-old weekly newspaper, published its final issue Wednesday. Both papers are owned by Independent Publishing.

The papers are the only ones owned by Independent Publishing. The family business was passed onto Scott Cart, an Oklahoma resident, after his father passed away two years ago.

"My mother and I, who did not work in the newspaper business, gave it a go for two years and it was just time for it to end," Cart says. "It's unfortunate. Communities love their newspaper. But it was time for it to end."

The decision to close the papers was not financial, as the newspapers were still profitable, Cart says.

"The newspaper business as a whole, the larger daily newspapers have had trouble, but the smaller communities still like their newspaper. It was the only way for them to see who got married, see the scores of the high school sporting events," Cart says. "It was more of a personal decision."

Cart says he has not tried to sell the newspapers and is unsure what the future will hold for the community weeklies.



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