Woodward Communications, Inc. (WCI) based in Dubuque, Iowa, acquired the Manchester (Iowa) Press from News Publishing Inc., of Black Earth, Wisconsin on September 16, 2015.
The Manchester Press is now part of WCI’s Community Media Division, joining five other weekly newspapers and five free-distribution papers. WCI owns two nearby weeklies in Iowa: the Dyersville Commercial and Cascade Pioneer.
The Manchester Press will continue to operate from its current location. The paper is published every Wednesday.
Mary Ungs-Sogaard, Publisher and General Manager of the Dyersville Commercial, Cascade Pioneer, and Eastern Iowa Shopping News, will also serve in that role for the Manchester Press. Beth Lutgen, who is currently the sports editor for the Commercial and Pioneer will be promoted to managing editor over the three newspapers, and Sara Millhouse will serve as news editor for the group.
“We are committed to quality community journalism and advertising services, and are looking forward to adding the Manchester Press, which operates in a vibrant community, with our existing products and the adjacent markets we serve,” said Tom Woodward, Chief Executive Officer and President of Woodward Communications, Inc. “We have a long and rich history of being engaged and supportive of the communities we serve and looking forward to doing so in Manchester.”
The Community Media Division is headed by Steve Fisher, who also serves as Publisher of TH Media and General Manager of Woodward Printing Services in Platteville, Wisconsin.