The owners of The Herald in Dubois County have announced the sale of the newspaper. The Rumbach family, which has published The Herald for more than 100 years, says Kentucky-based Paxton Media Group has assumed ownership and began producing and printing the paper on Saturday.
The Paxton family has been in newspaper publishing since 1896.
In a letter posted to The Herald’s website, owners Justin Rumbach, Dan Rumbach, and John Rumbach stated, “We feel fortunate to have played a part in Dubois County’s rich history of success and growth for so many years. It’s been an honor.”
The Rumbach family says Paxton Media publishes more than 70 newspapers across the Midwest and southwest, including 12 dailies in Indiana. The new owner has the ability to share resources among its publications, helping to reduce costs, which was something the Rumbachs say they couldn’t do.
“Ultimately, The Herald no longer had enough subscribers or local advertising revenue to support the quality community newspaper and website that our readers were accustomed to — and producing a quality newspaper has always been our priority,” stated the Rumbach family.
Paxton Media’s newspapers include the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, the Princeton Daily Clarion and the Vincennes Sun-Commercial. Courtney Shuttle, publisher and regional advertising director for three Paxton-owned newspapers, will also oversee The Herald.
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