Weeklies in Ore., Ark. Change Hands

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By: E&P Staff

Pulitzer Newspapers Inc., a subsidiary of St. Louis-based Pulitzer Inc., has expanded the southern coastal Oregon cluster centered on its daily The World in Coos Bay by purchasing the assets of The Umpqua Post, a paid weekly in nearby Reedsport, Ore. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

“The result of combining the resources of these two newspapers will be improved community coverage in Reedsport, affording the weekly Post many of the resources of the region’s daily newspaper,” said World President and Publisher Greg Stevens. “Our intent is for The Umpqua Post to retain its local community voice, while benefiting from new marketing and operational synergies.”

However, only a skeletal operation of the Post will remain intact. “A managing editor will be engaged to supervise operations of the Post and represent it in the Reedsport community to make sure that the publication continues to serve its readers and advertisers well,” Stevens said.

The founders of the Post, Elizabeth Adamo and Nancie Hammond, will leave the paper.

In an unrelated transaction, the Little River News, a 3,800-paid-circulation weekly in southwest Arkansas, has been sold to the Palmer family, owners of the Mount Pleasant (Texas) Daily Tribune.

The paper, the oldest business in Little River County, was sold by brothers-in-law Jim Williamson, the paper’s editor, and Gerald Stripling, its advertising manager. They will continue in those positions under the new ownership. Printing of the paper will be moved to Mount Pleasant.

Dallas-based Rickenbacher Media initiated the transaction while representing the sellers. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

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