Gate­House ac­quires Log Cabin Demo­crat

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — Gavin Lesnick

The Log Cabin Demo­crat in Con­way has been sold to Gate­House Me­dia as part of a deal that in­cludes sev­eral other news­pa­pers around the coun­try, its cur­rent owner Mor­ris Com­mu­ni­ca­tions an­nounced Wed­nes­day.

Terms of the deal, which also in­clude the sale of the The Florida Times-Union, a com­mer­cial print­ing oper­a­tion in Texas and other pub­li­ca­tions, were not re­leased. The deal is ex­pected to be fi­nal­ized in Oc­to­ber.

Gate­House, which al­ready owns five daily and more than a dozen weekly news­pa­pers in Arkansas, last month closed its Lit­tle Rock news bureau and laid off the only re­porter who staffed it.

In May, the com­pany con­sol­i­dated seven weekly news­pa­pers in cen­tral Arkansas into two weekly news­pa­pers serv­ing Pu­laski and Lonoke coun­ties. In a story posted on the

Log Cabin’s web­site, Cyn­thia Crabb, group con­troller for the Con­way news­pa­per, said it would “re­tain its mis­sion to be Faulkner County’s news, ad­ver­tis­ing and in­for­ma­tion source since 1879.”

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