History changes hands as papers LA Times closed restart

While the Los Angeles Times powers ahead under new ownership - see story here - two much smaller but historic stablemates which closed in April have reappeared after changing hands.

Charlie Plowman's Outlook Newspapers acquired the assets of the Burbank Leader, Glendale News-Press and La Cañada Valley Sun, merging the latter with its La Cañada Outlook, according to Dirks, Van Essen & April's Sara April.

Outlook, based in Flintridge, also publishes the Pasadena Outlook, San Marino Tribune and South Pasadena Review, having acquired the 97-year-old Tribune and the Review from Andrew and Carie Salter last January.

Plowman says he is thrilled to have acquired three iconic newspapers with deep roots and historic legacies in their respective communities. "I heard the outpouring from local residents, as to how much they love these publications, and want to support them."

The Burbank Leader began as the Burbank Daily Review in 1908, the Glendale News-Press in 1905 and the La Cañada Valley Sun in 1946. They had been inserted into the Los Angeles Times as community papers and also distributed free at businesses and in newspaper racks.

Another newspaper reopening after a closure in April is the Daily Clintonian in Clinton, Indiana. It has been added to veteran publisher Don Hurd's 11-strong Hoosier Media Group, Hometown Media and Heartland Media Group interests.

Established in 1912, the Clintonian had been owned by the Carey family since 1936.

Hurd quickly re-launched the newspaper using templates and designs from his other newspapers, which include the Benton Review, the News & Review (Fowler), Town & Country Shopping Guide, Hoosier Sports Media, The Paper of Wabash County and the North Manchester News-Journal.

Dirks, Van Essen & April also reports Schloss Media has sold the Free Press Standard in Carrollton, Ohio, to the AloNovus Corp. of Millersburg, Ohio.

At 189 years old, the Free Press Standard is one of the oldest newspapers in the Midwest and the oldest continuously operating business in Carroll County. AloNovus publishes weekly and monthly papers in 11 Ohio counties with total distribution of nearly 400,000.

The company was founded by Abe and Fran Mast in the early 1970s and is now owned and operated by their sons.

In Neligh, Nebraska, Carrie and Wade Pitzer's four-year-old Pitzer Digital company, has taken over the 140-year old Stanton Register from Dani Hadcock, who had owned it since 2016.

Pitzer Digital also owns the Antelope County News - which includes the Neligh News & Leader, Orchard News and Clearwater Record-Ewing News - and the Knox County News, which includes the Bloomfield Monitor and Creighton News.

The Antelope County News, was named the top weekly newspaper of 2018 by the Nebraska Press Association.

Another longstanding newspaper publisher who has added to his holdings in recent weeks is Jim O'Rourke, whose O'Rourke Media Group acquired the Minnesota Cannon Falls Beacon - which had been in the Lewis-Dalton family for 140 years - and the Cannon Shopper in May.

O'Rourke affiliate Wisconsin Media Group acquired the Sheboygan Sun, complementing existing holdings in the state, and in his third recent deal, O'Rourke entered an entirely new market with the acquisition of the CITYSunTimes, a monthly delivered to homes and businesses in Phoenix, Arizona. It was founded in 2002 by Hope Ozer and purchased in 2013 by Lorrie Pomeroy.

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