Paxton Media Group, based in Paducah, announced Tuesday the purchase of Landmark Community Newspapers LLC, a chain of daily and weekly newspapers based in Shelbyville.
The deal, which was finalized this week, includes the purchase of all 46 newspapers in the Landmark chain. Landmark also owns The Cats’ Pause, PLG-TV in Bardstown and Standard Publishing Company in Kentucky.
Using both company websites for lists of newspapers, Paxton will now own 34 newspapers throughout Kentucky and a total of 120 publications across 14 states. The company websites show 15 newspapers are part of Paxton Media Group and Landmark’s website lists 19, not including The Cats’ Pause.
“We are very excited to add these newspapers into the PMG portfolio,” said Jamie Paxton, PMG president and CEO. “PMG believes strongly in the value of local newspapers and the vital role they play in the communities that they serve. We appreciate Landmark choosing us to be the new stewards of these important community assets.
Landmark Community Newspapers traces its roots to 1966 when a group of eight local newspaper publishers decided to pool their resources and purchase a printing plant. The company was incorporated as Newspapers Inc. two years later in 1968.
Newspapers Inc. was then purchased by Landmark Communications Inc. in 1973.
Landmark’s publications are in Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Indiana and Iowa.
PMG will officially take over operations in early June, but there will be a transition period to PMG regarding systems and procedures, Paxton said.
List comes from the websites of both companies.
Landmark also owns The Cats’ Pause
PAXTON MEDIA GROUP
Dawson Springs Progress
Grayson County News Gazette
Kentucky New Era
Lyon County Herald Ledger
Marshall County Tribune Courier
McLean County News
Owensboro Messenger Inquirer
Princeton Times Leader
Providence Journal Enterprise
Russellville News Democrat Leader
LANDMARK COMMUNITY NEWSPAPERS
Carrollton News Democrat
Casey County News
Central Kentucky News Journal
Grant County News
Henry County Local
LaRue County Herald News
Elizabethtown News Enterprise
Owenton News Herald
Shepherdsville Pioneer News
Shelbyville Sentinel News