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McClatchy reports profit after slashing expenses

May 14, 2010

(McClatchy Newspapers) SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The McClatchy Co., which owns The Kansas City Star, Belton Star Herald and Cass County Democrat Missourian, reported a first-quarter profit at the end of April and said its advertising slump is easing.
The newspaper conglomerate recorded a net loss from continuing operations, but that included one-time charges related to a major refinance of its loans. Without those charges, McClatchy earned $4.8 million from continuing operations compared
to a loss of $22.9 million a year earlier.
McClatchy said advertising revenue fell 11.2 percent from a year earlier, and total revenue was down 8.2 percent to $335.6 million. Executives with the Sacramento newspaper chain called that a marked improvement from last year, when ad revenue was plunging as much as 30 percent. As recently as last fall, ad sales were off 20 percent.
McClatchy made major cuts in staffing and other expenses, cutting cash expenses $69 million — 21% — in the first quarter, not counting severance costs.
Other newspaper chains are reporting similar results: higher profits and an easing of the revenue decline.

Obit – Mary James

January 6, 2009

Funeral services were held on Monday, January 5, for Mrs. Mary James. The wife of Bill James,  publisher of the Daily Star-Journal in Warrensburg and former MPA President, passed away Friday morning, January 2, 2009.

Mrs. James, daughter of Mrs. Wanda A. Brown of Harrisonville, had been battling pancreatic cancer for many months.

Mrs. James served as a member and as President of the University of Missouri Board of Curators.  Her family has been prominent in Missouri newspapers.

Her father, the late J. W. Brown, Jr., and her mother were co-publishers of the Cass County Democrat-Missourian in Harrisonville.   Her father served as MPA President in 1963.

Mrs. James was First Lady of the Missouri Press Association in 1998, the year her husband served as President of MPA.

Visitation and a memorial service were held immediately following the service at the Harrisonville United Methodist Church in Harrisonville.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
Mary L. James Scholarship Endowment in the College of Education – University of Missouri-Columbia
c/o Rose Porter
114 Hill Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

Kansas City Hospice House
12000 Wornall Road
Kansas City, MO 64145

Wanda Brown honored by medical center foundation

June 30, 2008

Wanda Brown, a longtime benefactor and friend of Missouri Press Association, received the Foundation Award June 1 from the Cass Medical Center Foundation during its annual Memorial Garden Celebration in Harrisonville.
Mrs. Brown is the widow of J.W. Brown Jr. They owned and published the Cass County Democrat-Missourian for years and were strong personal and financial supporters of their community and its endeavors. Mrs. Brown, who celebrated her 90th birthday anniversary June 16, continues that tradition.
The Foundation Award is presented annually to a person who has demonstrated steadfast dedication to the mission of Cass Medical Center and to improving the quality of health care in Cass County.
Mrs. Brown became affiliated with Cass Medical Center’s predecessor, Harrisonville Memorial Hospital, in 1955 when she began serving as a board member. She joined the Cass Medical Center Auxiliary in 1963 and has been a member ever since.
She was one of the first major donors to the Cass Medical Center Foundation and established the Wanda Brown Scholarship for the foundation in 1999.
In 2007 she made the first contribution to the capital campaign for the new hospital facility.
Mrs. Browns’ family held a birthday reception for her in Harrisonville on June 15. Dozens of family members, friends and citizens of the community attended.
(Award information from the Cass County Democrat-Missourian.)