The 121-year-old News & Citizen of Morrisville has a new owner: the Stowe Reporter.
News & Citizen owner Bradley A. Limoge decided to retire from the company his family has run for three generations.
He sold the weekly News & Citizen and the Transcript, also a weekly publication, to the Stowe Reporter. The Stowe paper is not buying Limoge’s commercial printing business or his building at 417 Brooklyn St., although the newspaper staff will continue to work out of that building for the time being.
Expanding into Morristown is a natural move for the Stowe Reporter, said publisher Greg Popa. The newspaper company already has many advertisers and readers in Morristown and other Lamoille County communities that are within the News & Citizen’s coverage area.
And, Popa said, it’s important to continue the tradition of local news coverage provided by the weekly News & Citizen.
No immediate changes are planned in the News & Citizen or the Transcript, Popa said, and all 10 newspaper employees have been offered jobs.
“Our first job is to get acquainted with the staff members and get the feel of the organization,” Popa said. “Brad has built a strong organization in Morristown, and we’re grateful for the opportunity to build on what he and his family have developed.”
In the long run, Popa said, features of the Stowe Reporter will be introduced into the Morristown-based newspapers, such as topnotch photojournalism, strong business coverage and a robust presence on websites and in social media.
Popa will be publisher of all newspapers owned by the company — the News & Citizen, the Transcript, the Stowe Reporter and the Waterbury Record. Tom Kearney will be executive editor of the newspapers, working with their news staffs to deliver first-rate coverage to their readers.