Daily Clarion staff report
PRINCETON—Paxton Media Group announced Friday that it has purchased three newspapers in Indiana and Illinois – the Princeton Daily Clarion, the Mount Carmel Register and The Standard – from Brehm Communications.
Paxton Media, a family-owned company headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky, owns more than 30 daily newspapers and numerous weekly publications across Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.
“We are gratified for the opportunity to assume stewardship of the Princeton Daily Clarion, the Mount Carmel Register and The Standard,” said David Paxton, president and chief executive officer of Paxton Media Group.
The Daily Clarion in Princeton was founded in 1846 and is Gibson County’s oldest continuous business institution. It publishes five days a week.
The Register in Mt. Carmel, Illinois, publishes three days a week, and The Standard is a weekly serving Boonville, Chandler, Elberfeld, Lynnville, Newburgh, Tennyson and all of Warrick County.
The papers will join other surrounding Paxton publications in a group managed by Group Publisher Bob Morris.
That group includes three other dailies – the Messenger-Inquirer in Owensboro, Kentucky, The Messenger in Madisonville, Kentucky and the Vincennes Sun-Commercial in Vincennes – and three weekly publications.
Paxton said the new acquisitions will be in a better position to serve readers and advertisers by combining their strengths with the other nearby Paxton papers.
“This business combination provides the financial security needed to assure these newspapers will continue to serve their communities long into the future,” Paxton said.
The Paxton family’s 100 years of newspaper experience spans five generations. Morris said Friday that in the past 25 years the company has made acquisitions, “...We’ve proven that making quality acquisitions strengthens not only the local newspapers but also the company...This is certainly a quality acquisition. This fits our footprint and allows us to expand service to readers and advertisers...We’re excited about the future of newspapers and excited about our future in Princeton.”