Greg Hoskins, publisher of Better Newspapers Inc., has announced the acquisition of five Illinois newspapers: Calhoun News-Herald, Greene Prairie Press, Pike Press, Scott County Times, and the Jersey County Journal.
The newspapers are headquartered in Jerseyville and were operated as part of Campbell Publications.
Based in Mascoutah, Better Newspapers, Inc. is a family-owned company currently operating 31 publications in Illinois and Missouri, including the Illinois Business Journal.
“My staff and I are looking forward to the challenges and, more importantly, continuing to meet the needs of Jerseyville and surrounding communities,” Hoskins stated.
Hoskins bought his first group of newspapers in Mascoutah when he formed Better Newspapers, Inc. on May 1, 1991, and the newspapers included: the Mascoutah Herald, Clinton County News, Fairview Heights Tribune, and Scott Flier (which serves Scott Air Force Base).
Since that time, Hoskins has purchased Altamont News, Arthur Graphic Clarion, Record-Herald News in Arthur, Bond and Fayette County Shopper, The Shoppers Review in Highland, The Nashville News, The Troy Times-Tribune, The Journal and the Tri-County Journal both in Tuscola, The Leader Union in Vandalia, Southern Champaign County Today in Villa Grove, Il, The Breeze Courier (daily) and The Shopping Spree, both located in Taylorville, IL, and the Illinois Business Journal, which publishes a monthly print edition and ibjonline.com
Missouri publications include: Wayne County Journal-Banner and Reynolds County Courier both in Piedmont, Mo., Ste. Genevieve Herald, Ozark Horse Trader in West Plains, Mo., the Mountain Echo and Mountain Echo Extra in Ironton, Mo., and the Douglas County Herald in Ava, Mo.
In 2012, Hoskins expanded his corporation by building a regional press plant in Altamont, Ill. This plant not only prints publications owned by Better Newspapers but also a variety of other newspapers in the area.