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TONICA — The Tonica News and Putnam County Record will be acquired by Shaw Newspapers and be overseen from the Bureau County Republican office in Princeton, according to Elin Arnold, current owner of those Tonica and Granville weekly papers. Arnold on Tuesday said she has sold the newspapers and will close the deal Dec. 1. She said Tonica News and Putnam County Record customers “can expect things to stay the same until after the end of the year.” She said, “They will see a smooth transition. They will see growing coverage and a larger multimedia presence.” She added that the local offices will stay open. Arnold said she will continue to work and consult for three months. She said customers should “see these newspapers continue to operate with the same small-town values and community involvement that they’ve seen with the Arnold family.” Arnold, granddaughter of longtime Tonica News owner and former La Salle County Board member Ray Richardson, said the Tonica News was owned by the Richardson/Arnold family for four decades. Her great-great-grandfather, J.W. Richardson took sole ownership in 1878. Her aunt Lois Janz ran the paper until she took ownership in 1990; her husband, Cliff Arnold increased involvement after retirement from Caterpillar in 2001. The paper was printed on Elin Arnold’s grandfather’s press in the Tonica News office until 1979. It has been printed by the Bureau County Republican for more than a decade, after M&D Printing in Henry stopped dealing with newsprint, Elin said. Arnold said she will refocus her efforts this winter as development coordinator of Midwest Center for Christian Living, La Salle.
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