The Le Mars Daily Sentinel's newspaper family is growing.
Rust Communications, the Missouri-based media company which owns the Daily Sentinel, acquired The Monett Times and the Monett Shopper in Missouri from Cleveland Newspapers, Inc.
The change in ownership was announced this month.
Rust Communications, a family-operated company, is one of the fastest-growing private newspaper groups in the country. Along with the Daily Sentinel, Rust has full or part ownership of 18 other daily papers, 30 weeklies and 17 radio stations in eight states. The company's flagship paper is the Southeast Missourian in Cape Girardeau.
The Monett Times was owned by CNI for more than 35 years.
"The decision for a newspaper owner to sell one of its properties is never an easy one, but sometimes the time is right for such a move," said Lee Walls, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Walls Newspapers, the parent company of CNI. "In this case, we have a good situation where a newspaper can transition from one family-owned newspaper group to another."
Bob Moore, publisher of the Cassville Democrat and Carroll County News, will now also be serving as publisher of The Monett Times.
"Rust newspapers have a reputation of providing strong local news coverage and serving advertisers professionally," he said.
Rust Communications is a family-operated company that was founded in 1967 by Gary Rust, who remains as chairman of the company's board of directors.
Gary's sons, Jon K. Rust and Rex D. Rust, serve as co-presidents of the
company. Wally Lage is the company's chief operating officer.
The Monett Times was founded in 1899 by David A. Peters. The Peters family
sold the newspaper to Menzo Hainline in 1939, and in 1943,the newspaper
changed hands again, this time selling to Ken Meuser, who published the paper
until he sold it to Walls Newspapers in 1972.