Lakeway acquires Florida newspapers

Lakeway logoLakeway Publishers, Inc., announced Wednesday the acquisition of a group of newspapers and shoppers in Central Florida and the creation of Lakeway Publishers of Florida, Inc.

The new Lakeway Publishers group will be comprised of newspapers formerly owned and operated by Sun Publications of Florida, Inc., a division of Independent Publications, Inc.

Publications involved are the Osceola News-Gazette in Kissimmee, Clermont News Leader, Four Corners News Leader, The Triangle News Leader, The Sumter Shopper and the Pasco Shopper.  Sun Publications also publishes the Poinciana Pioneer and Harmony Notes, in conjunction with the homeowners associations in their respective communities and specializes in off set web printing for numerous customers throughout the region and southeast.

“We are pleased that IPI selected our company to continue the traditions of community journalism in these communities. Each of the papers is dedicated to providing quality coverage of news and events that their readers are interested in,” said Jeff Fishman, vice president of Lakeway’s middle Tennessee division. “We hope to build on this record of success both in print, on the web and on mobile over the next few months. We believe people are what matter, and we feel that the excellent staff at each of the properties is committed to this cause.”

Dennis Wilkinson, vice president of Lakeway Publishers of Florida Inc., said his team is excited about being a part of Lakeway Publishers.

“We look forward to growing and expanding under the Lakeway Group,” Wilkinson said. “It is important for us to continue our local coverage for our readers, and we think that this move will enable us to continue our progress.”

Lakeway Publishers began in 1966 as a single daily and Sunday newspaper, the Citizen Tribune in Morristown. Since then, Lakeway has acquired newspaper groups in Middle Tennessee, Missouri and Virginia. With the addition of Sun Publications the company now operates 31 newspapers of general circulation,  several speciality and general publications and maintains a full digital presence on the web and mobile devices.

“This recent expansion is a logical step in strengthening our company’s resolve in the industry,” Fishman said. “We believe in the future of journalism, specifically community journalism, reporting the news and telling the stories that make a difference in people’s lives and the communities we serve. We believe the future is bright for community journalism, whether it’s in print, online or through mobile devices”, Fishman added.

Lakeway Publishers Inc. is the parent company for The Elk Valley Times (Fayetteville), Herald Chronicle (Winchester), The Tullahoma News, Moore County News (Lynchburg) and The Manchester Times in Middle Tennessee.

Posted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 9:19 am