Marion County Tribune statement on newspaper closures

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Alabama-based Community Newspaper Holdings announced today, Thursday, May 14, that its Marion County properties the Knoxville Journal-Express and Pella Chronicle were merging with the Oskaloosa Herald. The papers’ associated websites will also be shut down, and according to statements coverage of Marion County will continue only if residents here choose to subscribe to the Oskaloosa newspaper.

“In light of the recent announcements we have mixed emotions,” Tribune Owner Mike Roberts said. “It is sad to see a business with such history to Knoxville leave, but at the same time, we fully believe to be invested in the community, it pays to be a part of the community.”

The Tribune is locally owned. The Knoxville Journal-Express, founded in 1855, was Knoxville’s longest-running business, but has been owned by out-of-state entities for many years.

“The Marion County Tribune knows Knoxville businesses will get through these tough times and we appreciate our partners,” Roberts continued. “We look forward to serving the community for many years to come.”

“We will meet with our staff to discuss potential expansion of our publications, and find other ways to continue to be your local information cornerstone,” Roberts said. “An announcement on changes should be coming next week.”