Residents of Gothenburg heard the news on Friday, July 29, that a piece of our community history was going away. In a Facebook post by a local correspondent, it was announced that the Gothenburg Times would cease publication effective immediately.

Staff members at the Times and Tri City Tribune, both owned by Platte Valley Media which is headquartered in Texas, shared that they received a phone call at about noon on Friday from publisher Josh Umholtz telling them the papers were shutting down. The staff was told to “cease work immediately”.

The Gothenburg Times has been a staple in the community, providing local news and information since its founding in 1908. In 1977, Greg Viergutz and his father, Vance, purchased the paper and over the years built it into an award winning newspaper. Greg and his wife Kathi retired and sold the paper to business partners Scott Wood and Scott Wessner of Texas in 2015, and Platte Valley Media, LLC was formed.

In January of 2018, Platte Valley Media purchased the Tri City Tribune. That paper had been operational in Cozad since 1965, when it was founded by Dean Dorsey.

Both newspapers not only have served their communities for decades, but also include a family legacy in both Gothenburg and Cozad - a legacy that has now sadly come to an end.

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