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Century-old newspaper company up for grabs

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HARRISBURG, AR (KAIT) -

A family's century-long business is up for grabs in Harrisburg.

The local newspaper, The Modern News is up for sale, according to General Manager Curtis Sanders.

Sanders said the newspaper, owned by the Freeman Family and in business since 1888, operated at a loss for several years.

“The Modern News has published every weekly issue for 129 years, we have never missed an issue,” Sanders said.

Sanders explained the lack of interest and involvement from the owner's son has led to the decision to sell.

Meanwhile, residents like Edith Holcomb have been loyal readers for years. She remains hopeful someone will continue the business, others hoping this is a new beginning.

“I'd like to see it go on at least so we’ll know what's going on around our community,” Holcomb said. “I’ve been faithful to this paper.”

“I think it'll do the community well to have a new beginning on it,” Jackie Sears, a Harrisburg woman said.

Sanders said one media group has shown interest in purchasing the newspaper; however, the company’s name has not been released yet.

“We hope that new owners will be able to help us continue to deliver a quality product to our patrons,” Sanders said. "Mary Saddler, the accounts person, and I hope to be able to continue with a new company when the time comes.”

Sanders said over the years, the paper has covered numerous historical events including World War I and World War II.

Included topics of coverage are depression, prohibition, the first cars and the first electric companies.

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