The Mangum Star-News, published under various names since 1887, has been sold to a privately-owned company owned by Oklahoma residents in Durant, owners Casey and Karla Paxton announced last Friday.
The Paxtons had owned the newspaper for more than 20 years, but Casey said it was time to let it go to focus on his family and his church.
Graystone Media Group, based in Durant, purchased the paper. The company also owns the Altus Times and Frederick Press-Leader, as well as the Durant Democrat.
The company is owned by Larry Miller, Sherry Sullivan and Michael Clift.
“The Mangum newspaper is a great fit for us since we own the neighboring paper in Altus,” said Miller, who is the CEO of the company. “We are very honored that Casey and his wife entrusted us with their life’s work.
“Casey is an institution here and will continue to be. He has been a great help to us, and we will continue to rely on his insight of the community.”
Few changes are anticipated, Miller said, although the format has changed to match the group’s other newspapers. Also, the name of the newspaper was changed slightly, honoring the original name of the paper, the Mangum Star.
Miller said he was happy that office manager Lana Holt will continue her work at the paper.
“The addition of the Mangum Star gives our group a solid footprint in the entire southwest corner of Oklahoma,” Miller said. “We now have papers that circulate in Greer, Jackson, Harmon and Tillman counties. That allows businesses to pick and choose zones that ultimately reach a wider audience and at a discounted price.”
The new editor is William Carroll, who most recently worked for the Lawton newspaper and previously managed some weeklies in northwest Oklahoma.
“I’m looking forward to a great adventure in Mangum,” Carroll said.