Freeport, Illinois; February 1, 2017 –Morris Multimedia Inc., parent company of the Forsyth County News, has purchased a daily newspaper in Wisconsin through a subsidiary, Morris Newspaper Corporation of Wisconsin.
The assets of Monroe Publishing, LLC were sold to the Morris company by Bliss Communications, Inc. Included in the transaction are a daily publication, The Monroe Times, serving Green and LaFayette counties in Wisconsin, and two free weekly newspapers, the Monroe Shopping News and the Freeport Shopping News.
“The Monroe Times has been an important part of Bliss for over 28 years, as has the Monroe and Freeport Shoppers for over 13 years. We have enjoyed our relationship with the city of Monroe and the surrounding communities in Green County and in Freeport, IL, and the terrific employees of these organizations. However, this sale represented an opportunity for me to pass the ownership of these great publications to a media company committed to quality community based journalism,” said Sidney H. Bliss, president of Bliss Communications, Inc.
Charles H. Morris, president of Morris Multimedia, Inc. said,” We are pleased to welcome the Monroe and Freeport publications and employees to our locally managed, growing Wisconsin group. We continue to have interest in markets like Monroe that maintain a strong local identity and in which a local newspaper and digital platforms remain vital community contributors.
“Though it remains a challenging time in the ever changing media space, locally focused, locally run publications and digital products in markets like Monroe, Wisconsin continue to have a bright future.”
Based in Savannah, Morris Multimedia’s north Georgia publications include the Forsyth County News, the Dawson County News, the Gainesville Times, and The Covington News.
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