Archive for Wednesday, August 23, 2000

Firm to buy Bonner newspaper

August 23, 2000

Clausie and Jean Smith, owners of Chieftain-Sentinel Publications for 21 years, have entered into an agreement to sell the newspaper publishing company to the World Company, based in Lawrence.

The sale includes the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chieftain newspaper, the Basehor Sentinel, as well as Tri-County Chieftain. It is effective Oct. 1.

"I always said I would be retired by the time I'm 65," said Clausie Smith, 63. "I've been impressed with the World Company. We're looking forward to moving into a difference facet of what we do."

The World Company has a long history in the newspaper business. The Lawrence-based communications company is a family-owned firm that got its start in northeast Kansas newspapers in the 1890s. It publishes the Lawrence Journal-World, a daily newspaper, as well as four weekly newspapers: The Mirror in Tonganoxie, the DeSoto Explorer, the Eudora News and the Baldwin City Signal.

The company founded the Baldwin newspaper in March 1999. The Mirror was acquired in September 1999, and the Eudora and DeSoto publications were purchased in February 2000.

The World Company also owns Sunflower Cablevision, which provides cable television service to about 30,000 customers in Lawrence, Eudora and portions of rural Douglas County, as well as about 1,400 customers in Tonganoxie, Basehor, Linwood and portions of rural southern Leavenworth County.

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