Times-Sentinel acquires Haysville Sun-Times

February 9, 2013

The Haysville Sun-Times is being acquired by Times-Sentinel Newspapers LLC, effective Feb. 11.

The Sun-Times has been published by owner Marc Campbell for the past five years. Campbell said he’d been looking for someone to take over the local newspaper, and launched discussions with Times-Sentinel owner Paul Rhodes late last year.

“I’m excited that Paul and his staff were ready to take on this newspaper, and that we could finalize the sale of the newspaper in such short order,” said Campbell. Campbell also owns and operates True Value Hardware in Haysville, and said he wants to concentrate his energies on the hardware store. Campbell has owned and operated the True Value store for nine years.

He said he wanted to sell the Sun-Times to someone who could bring a new energy level to the newspaper, and would be committed to keeping the paper alive.

Rhodes said that’s exactly his plans for the Sun-Times.

“We’ve put a lot of energy into community journalism over the past two decades, and I really believe we can give Haysville a strong, vibrant local newspaper,” said Rhodes. He launched Times-Sentinel Newspapers in 1993 with its flagship newspaper, The Times-Sentinel. That weekly newspaper covers the communities of Clearwater, Goddard, Garden Plain and Cheney.

Times-Sentinel Newspapers also published the WestSide Story, a monthly newspaper based in west Wichita, and The Conway Springs Star and Argonia Argosy, a weekly newspaper in northern Sumner County.

Rhodes, 57, has a newspaper background that goes back to his high school years. He was editor of his high school newspaper in Smith Center, Kan., and majored in journalism at Kansas State University. He also served as editor of the K-State Collegian, the college’s daily newspaper.

Before launching his own newspaper, Rhodes worked for several newspapers around Kansas, including the Phillips County Review, Marysville Advocate, Manhattan Mercury and the Wichita Eagle. He also worked for the Kansas City Star and the Griffin Daily News in Griffin, Ga.

Campbell is publishing his final issue of the Sun-Times this week. Times-Sentinel Newspapers will publish its first issue of the Sun-Times next week, on Feb. 14. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

 Rhodes said he is committed to keeping the Sun-Times as an independent weekly newspaper, and has no plans to combine it with any of his other newspapers.

 “There’s no question that Haysville has the population base and the business base to support a local newspaper,” said Rhodes. “As we grow our readership numbers, there’ll be lots of reasons for local businesses to be involved with our advertising efforts."

Rhodes said readers should watch next week’s issue for more information on the transition in ownership, and subscription offers that will be available later this month.