PARIS, IL. (ECWd) –
According to the Press Release, the Prairie Press and Paris Beacon-News will merge operations beginning Thursday, June 16, 2016. Tay Smith will serve as publisher for both publications.
Touting bringing “local ownership” to both papers, Smith says the merger will allow both publications to continue to provide service to Paris and Edgar County.
Smith stated a group called the Paris Reinvestment Group made this possible under the umbrella of the Prairie Beacon, LLC. Paris Reinvestment Group is composed of Scott Ingrum, Drew Griffin, Don Bartos, and Ben Lueken and plan to continue to invest in Paris and Edgar Counties.
Ownership in the merged operation include the investment group, and Tay Smith and Nancy Zeman owning stock in the company.
The Paris Beacon will move to a twice weekly publication on Tuesdays and Thursdays, while the Prairie Press will publish on Saturdays instead of Thursdays.
Zeman will serve as managing editor for both papers while Gary Henry will serve as senior staff reporter.
We believe one entity owning both newspapers in Paris is a bad idea. We will provide an in-depth assessment at a later date.
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