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Family-Owned Better Newspapers, Inc., Purchases Herald From Ste. Genevieve Media

Better Newspapers, Inc., last Friday completed the purchase of the Ste. Genevieve Herald from Ste. Genevieve Media, LLC.

Based in Mascoutah, Illinois, Better Newspapers is a family-owned company that now operates 24 publications in Illinois and Missouri. Owner Greg Hoskins now will be the publisher of the Ste. Genevieve Herald.

Toby Carrig, who was owner of Ste. Genevieve Media and previous publisher of the Herald, will now serve as general manager.

Hoskins last year purchased the Mountain Echo in Ironton, Missouri, and also owns the Wayne County Banner in Piedmont, the Reynolds County Courier in Ellington and the Ozark Horse Trader in West Plains. He began discussions last year with Ste. Genevieve Media and made visits to the community.

Hoskins said he expected few changes in the Herald newspaper but some future streamlining of operations.

“These are challenging times for independently-operated, standalone newspapers,” Carrig said. “Better Newspapers, Inc., gives us the opportunity to utilize the resources and expertise of a company that has been successful in rescuing and continuing to publish community newspapers in cities similar to Ste. Genevieve.”

Ste. Genevieve Media was formed in June of 2013 and has published the Herald and the Shoppers Mailbag since purchasing them from Ste. Genevieve Newspapers, Inc.

See complete story in the March 4 edition of the Herald.

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