Publication of the Housatonic Times, formerly The New Milford Times, has been discontinued by its parent company, 21st Century Media.

Matt DeRienzo, Connecticut group editor for 21st Century Media, said Monday the June 7 printed edition of the Housatonic Times was the final edition of the paper, either in print or on line.

"We've merged the Housatonic Times coverage into the Litchfield County Times," DeRienzo said. "New Milford news will continue to be covered, appearing in the LCT."

He added Alice Tessier, previously managing editor of the Housatonic Times, has been named associate editor of the Litchfield County Times. DeRienzo added no staff was eliminated with the cancellation of the Housatonic Times.

A Tuesday call to Tessier for comment was not returned.

Art Cummings, who was editor of The New Milford Times for more than 25 years, was saddened Tuesday to hear the news.

"The New Milford Times was for many years an outstanding community newspaper," said Cummings, now editor emeritus of The Spectrum and The News-Times, "that captured and reflected life in New Milford and its neighboring towns."

"There has been a lot of competition in recent years for local readers and advertising dollars," he added. "In this challenging economic era, it was inevitable that not all of the publications serving New Milford would survive."

The New Milford Times was founded in 1914.

In January 1998, the Journal Register Co. bought Housatonic Valley Publishing Co. -- the parent company of The New Milford Times and several other publications -- from a group headed by Trip Rothchild.

JRC changed the name of the flagship paper, The New Milford Times, to Housatonic Times and incorporated Brookfield news coverage in it.

It also acquired Litchfield County Times that had been launched by Arthur Carter in 1981.

In June 2012, JRC closed the New Milford office of the two papers, moving the remaining staff to its Torrington offices of The Register Citizen.

21st Century Media is the reorganization name of Journal Register Co., DeRienzo explained.