The publisher of the Fairbury (Neb.) Journal-News has purchased the paper from its long-time owner. Timothy Linscott, who has held the position of publisher for the past year, bought the paper from Fred Arnold and McBattas Publishing. Julie Bergman of WB Grimes and Company represented Fred Arnold in the transaction.
“I want to thank Fred for this opportunity and can’t say how much I have learned from him over the years. The Journal-News has always had a special place in my heart as it is where I truly received my break in this business and learned so much from Fred and the entire community,” Linscott said.
Linscott started at the FJN in 1997 and would then moved on to manage and own several local weeklies, including papers in Wilber; and DeWitt. In 2008, Linscott started the Czech Slavnosti, an international Czech/Slovak publication.
Most recently, Linscott was the managing editor of the Grant (Neb.) Tribune-Sentinel. He held that position for two years before moving back to Fairbury in 2015.
Linscott said he plans to continue to grow the FJN’s operations; produce more FairburyTV segments; and increase digital and social media products, while continuing to give readers what they want each week.
Meanwhile, Arnold will continue to operate the Belleville (Kan.) Telescope and run McBattas Packaging with his son, Freddie Arnold Jr.