Journal-World buys Chieftain
Clausie and Jean Smith, owners of Chieftain-Sentinel Publications for 21 years, have entered into an agreement to sell the newspaper publishing company to the World Company, based in Lawrence.
The sale includes the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chieftain newspaper, the Basehor Sentinel, as well as Tri-County Chieftain. It is effective Oct. 1.
"I always said I would be retired by the time I'm 65," Clausie Smith said. "I've been impressed with the World Company. We're looking forward to moving into a different facet of what we do."
The 63-year-old Smith said the need to upgrade technology used in producing the newspapers played a role in his decision to sell.
"It's changing so rapidly," he said. "It just seemed like this was a good time to do it."
"Living without deadlines will be nice," Jean Smith added.
The couple's daughter, Angela Skwarlo, who currently is advertising manager of Chieftain-Sentinel Publications, will remain with the newspapers as publisher.
"All of us at the World Company consider ourselves fortunate to be able to acquire the Chieftain and Sentinel," said Dolph Simons Jr., president of the World Company. "The Smith family has done a terrific job in building these papers and being such enthusiastic and effective leaders for the Bonner Springs, Basehor and Edwardsville area.
"We are pleased that Clausie will continue to contribute to the papers and that his daughter, Angela, will serve as publisher."
Simons said members of the Smith family have set a high standard for the new ownership to match.
"We will make every effort to have the Chieftain and Sentinel be the best possible papers for a market this size," Simons said. "Likewise, we want to do what we can to help Bonner Springs and Basehor take advantage of all their opportunities.
"This is one of the fastest-growing areas of the state. We are strong supporters of sound growth and understand the need for planning and vision. In addition we believe in attracting new business and industry to provide good jobs for residents of all ages and support excellence in the school system."
Clausie and Jean Smith emphasized that they will continue their involvement in civic activities in Bonner Springs. "This is my home," he said. "I didn't have a home before I came here. We love the community. It's been a great place to live and raise our children."