Hearst bought both papers in June. Hearst Connecticut Media also owns the Westport News and Fairfield Citizen-News.

In the final edition of the Westport Minuteman Oct. 26 was a letter for readers from Paul Barbetta, Westport News publisher. “Beginning next week, we’ll be bringing you the best of local news, journalism, local school sports, and advertising information — right to your home,” the letter said.

“Instead of the Minuteman publications you normally received on Thursdays, every Friday you can expect to receive the Westport News — a highly respected newspaper dedicated to your community.”

The Westport News had required a paid subscription, but a letter sent to Westport News subscribers told customers that as of Nov. 3, the Westport News would become a free weekly delivered to their homes.

Subscribers were offered a refund or credit toward a subscription to another Hearst publication, according to WestportNow.com.

The Westport Minuteman was launched in 1993 when the late Lisa Connell, who had lost her job as editor of the Westport News, recruited investors to start the paper.

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