JASPER -- The Dubois County Herald newspaper announced Wednesday the Rumbach family has sold the publication to Paxton Media Group.
The Rumbach family has owned the paper for over 100 years.
" Ultimately, The Herald no longer had enough subscribers or local advertising revenue to support the quality community newspaper and website that our readers were accustomed to — and producing a quality newspaper has always been our priority," company officials wrote in an article published to its website. "Over the last couple of years, we explored a variety of directions in which to take the newspaper and last year we made the heartbreaking decision that we could no longer continue operating at the unsustainable levels we had been. Earlier this year, our company, comprised of 16 family shareholders, agreed to seek a buyer. The pandemic reinforced that decision.
Today, more than 90 community newspapers are on the market. Many won’t be purchased and likely will close their doors leaving their communities with minimal local news coverage, if any. That won’t happen in Dubois County because of the Paxton Media Group’s interest in The Herald."