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Woodward Communications, Inc. to buy West Branch Communications

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Woodward Communications, Inc. announced today that it will acquire West Branch Communications. The sale of the company is scheduled to close on Friday. 

West Branch Communications includes the following newspapers: Mount Vernon-Lisbon Sun, Solon Economist, West Liberty Index, West Branch Times, North Liberty Leader, Marion Times and Linn News-Letter, in addition to adjoining shoppers and specialty publications. The company was formed in 2001 by Jake Krob and Stuart Clark, who also published the Tipton Conservative and Clarence Lowden Sun-News, which are not included in the sale. 

The newspaper group will become part of WCI's Community Media Division, which consists of six weekly newspapers, including three Iowa weeklies, the Dyersville Commercial, Cascade Pioneer and Manchester Press, along with five shopper publications. 

The newspapers will continue to operate from their current locations, and maintain their existing publication cycles. 

Krob will join WCI as regional publisher in charge of the West Branch Communications group. Krob will report to Steve Fisher, publisher of the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, and group publisher of Woodward Community Media. 

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