Hiatts buy Baxter Springs newspaper

Posted March 17, 2021

Larry and Sharon Hiatt, publishers of the Columbus News-Report, have announced their acquisition of the Cherokee County News-Advocate and SEK Voice from Gannett Co., Inc.

The Cherokee County News-Advocate is published in Baxter Springs.

Both the News Report and the News-Advocate serve Cherokee County and will be combined into the News-Report. The last issue of the News-Advocate will be published Wednesday, March 17.

“We have built a respected newspaper in Columbus and are currently serving many readers in Baxter Springs and the rest of Cherokee County,” Hiatt said. “With our three-times per week publication the intention is to add a news and sports department in Baxter Springs and make the News-Report a more informative and entertaining publication for the entire county.”

The News-Report is the official newspaper of Cherokee County, Columbus, Baxter Springs, Roseland, West Mineral and Scammon.