LaGrange Daily News acquired by Boone Newspapers, Inc.
LaGrange Newsmedia, LLC, (LNL) today completed its purchase of the LaGrange Daily News from Civitas Media.
LNL is owned by Boone Newspapers, Inc. (BNI). BNI owns and/or manages 74 newspapers along with websites, shopping guides and magazines in 74 communities in Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas. James B. Boone, Jr. [Jim], chairman, lives in Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Todd H. Carpenter, president and CEO, lives in Natchez, Miss. Other key executive personnel live in those and other BNI-served communities. BNI’s other Georgia newspapers are in Bainbridge, Americus and Cordele.
Daily News publisher Jeff Parra will continue in his current role with the newspaper.
“We are pleased to have been chosen to succeed Civitas Media in LaGrange,” Carpenter said. “And we are delighted to be working with Jeff Parra. We take our responsibility to do excellent journalism and be good stewards of the newspaper very seriously and we know Jeff does too. We look forward to getting started as we work with Jeff and the newspaper staff to meet every obligation to readers, advertisers and the community as a whole. ”
Parra, 53, has more than 20 years of experience in the newspaper industry leading newspaper operations in Missouri, Tennessee, Michigan, Texas and Oklahoma.
“I was very pleased to hear BNI purchased the LaGrange Daily News,” Parra said. “They are a family owned, private company that has a rich tradition and respected reputation. I am also very proud of the success and improvements the LaGrange Daily News team has accomplished in the seven months I have called LaGrange home. The staff has done a wonderful job and we will continue to evolve and make the LaGrange Daily News your local source of news and information.
BNI has a rich history of quality newspapers and other publications in the communities it serves, explained in part by Boone’s corporate philosophy: “We seek to produce the highest quality product the economics of the community served can support. And then, by ingenuity and imagination, we strive for a higher quality in an effort to serve and build that community.”
“My roots are in Georgia as I was born in Macon where my father was with the Telegraph. He was a native of Newnan, my mother a native of Macon,” Boone said
“I look forward to getting to know LaGrange, meeting and working with its people.”