Gatehouse buys Aurora Advertiser

Gatehouse Media, Inc., which owns a number of newspapers in southern and northern Missouri, on Sept. 1 bought the Aurora Advertiser from Sumner Media Group of Columbus, Kan.
Regional manager of Gatehouse, Chip Watson, is interim publisher, replacing Darren Sumner. Judy Dingman will continue as editor.
The Sumner group recently added newspapers in Kansas and Oklahoma to its group. Darren Sumner will move to Oklahoma to publish one of those papers.
Gatehouse is headquartered in Fairport, N.Y. Its other publications in the Aurora region are the Neosho Daily News, Carthage Press, Greenfield Vedette and the Big Nickel shopper. Aurora, in southwest Missouri, circulates about 2,900 copies in a Lawrence County community of about 7,000.

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