by David Croyle
A local area advertising tabloid is defending itself against rumors that it is going out of business.
Barry Crytzer, owner of the Horse Trader, said rumors that the FBI confiscated his computers and the IRS drained his bank account is unfounded.
“I’ve been hearing a lot of rumors the last two weeks about us going out of business and that the government closed us down,” Crytzer told the Kittanning Paper. “None of this is true. We’re here the same as we have been the last 30 years and we plan to be here the next 30 years.”
Crytzer could not identify the source of the allegations.
“I have no idea where they are coming from. Apparently someone dislikes me or the paper. I would assume they are coming from a competitor that’s disgruntled and doesn’t like me. I’ve had several people leave here the last several years, but apparently I’ve made someone mad. There is no basis to any of it. It’s all untrue. We’re here having the same problems every other business has, but we’re living every day and producing a paper every week.”
Crytzer said his 30-year old publication currently distributes papers from Northern Clarion County to the Pittsburgh Airport and from Youngstown to Greensburg.
“We are not only Armstrong, Indiana, and Butler counties’ paper, but also Allegheny County. We cover every little village in the city of Pittsburgh.”
Crytzer not only denied claims his doors would close soon, but said there is a business plan to actually grow the paper.
“We actually plan on opening a second edition in the South Hills, going all the way from the West Virginia border and up to the Beaver County area. But we are waiting for the economy to get a little bit better obviously.”
The Horse Trader maintains offices on Routes 66 and 28 North of Kittanning in Rayburn Township. Crytzer invited his readers and advertisers to contact him with any concerns at 724-543-6290.