Cox sells Lufkin Daily News, Daily Sentinel

Greg Schrader
Greg Schrader

By Jeff Awtrey - email

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Southern Newspapers, a company based out of Houston, is purchasing The Lufkin Daily News and The Daily Sentinel, according to a spokesman with the company.

Greg Schrader, the editor and publisher of the Kerrville Daily Times, said he will be the new publisher of The Lufkin Daily News. He said Karla Deluca will remain publisher of The Daily Sentinel.

Schrader said he is not aware of any plans to cut or add staff to either newspaper staff, but current publisher Tim Hobbs will no longer be in charge of the Daily News.

"We specialize in community newspapers and we believe there is a future in community newspapers," Schrader said.

Cox Newspapers last year announced they were putting the two newspapers, plus four others in Texas and more in Colorado and North Carolina, for sale. The Daily News and Sentinel are the first two that have been sold.

According to a Cox press release, the sale will close on Monday.

"Cox Enterprises greatly values the contributions that the employees of The Lufkin Daily News and The Daily Sentinel have made to our company," said Doug Franklin, executive vice president, Cox Newspapers through the press release. "These local institutions are important to their communities, and we are confident that Southern Newspapers will continue the tradition these newspapers have of providing timely, valuable and trustworthy news and information to their readers."

"Both The Lufkin Daily News and The Daily Sentinel are well-respected publications and have served their communities and advertisers with distinction," said Lissa Walls Vahldiek, chief operating officer, Southern Newspapers, through the press release. "We look forward to working with the talented employees of both newspapers to further build on these publications' already strong relationships with their readers in Lufkin and Nacogdoches."