SOUTH GATE, Calif. (AP) _ The Southeast News Signal, a six-day-a-week morning newspaper, ceased publication Friday.

Executive Editor Robert Lauffer said the announcement came in a brief statement in the News Signal's last issue Friday.

The News Signal was the only daily in a group of community newspapers in southeast Los Angeles County which Hearst Community Newspapers Group said last week were being sold to Scripps-Howard.

No specific reason for the shutdown was given.

The News Signal, with a daily circulation of about 11,000, was formed in May 1984 when the Huntington Park Daily Signal and the Downey Southeast Daily News, both Hearst Community newspapers, combined to become one publication.

Lauffer said the decision to close the News Signal had no effect on the other community newspapers in Los Angeles County involved in the sale to Scripps-Howard, the Cincinnati-based communications company.

Hearst will continue to operate a separate group of community newspapers in California's San Fernando Valley, Lauffer said.