The Sentinel begins a new era in publishing
Today the Basehor Sentinel takes its first steps into a new publishing era.
The purchase by the World Company of the weekly publication takes the Sentinel to a high-tech, four-color level.
What won't change is the commitment to community coverage established by former owners Clausie and Jean Smith.
"Clausie and Jean Smith have done a great job in building the Sentinel into a fine newspaper and we hope to be able to build on this excellent base built by the Smiths," said Dolph Simons III, operations manager of the World Company.
The Smiths purchased the Sentinel, along with the Bonner Springs-Edwardsville Chieftain and Tri-County Shopper, more than two decades ago. Rapid growth in the area, coupled with the need for more modern equipment, prompted the Smiths to sell the newspapers.
We've had a very long career here and we enjoyed it," Smith said. "It just seemed like an opportune time to retire. We were going into a time when large technological changes were going to have to be made. I'm just glad a good, community-minded newspaper organization like the World Company came along."
Simons also realizes the need for state-of-the-art technology, and the World Company has invested in the equipment necessary to keep up with the changing times.
"This is one of the fastest-growing areas in the state of Kansas and we look forward to being able to do what we can to help the future growth develop in a positive and sound manner," he said.
Publisher Angie Skwarlo heads up the new staff. Skwarlo had been the advertising director for the Sentinel for the past 12 years.
Teresa Thompson is the Sentinel's new advertising representative. Thompson handles customers' display advertising needs. Thompson most recently worked as retail advertising manager at the Olathe Daily News.
Office manager Cindy Pettibon heads up the classified advertising department.
Editor Jackie Hosey coordinates news coverage and writes stories for the Sentinel. Hosey has been with the World Company for close to a year and most recently worked as a reporter for the DeSoto Explorer.
Reporter Kevin Wright covers everything from the police beat to city council meetings. Wright comes to the Sentinel from the Olathe Daily News.
Sports editor Dennis Minich coordinates the coverage of area sporting events and writes both news and sports stories. Minich is a former editor of the Cass County Democrat-Missourian in Harrisonville, Mo.
Reporter Brad Biles covers Basehor sports and the Basehor-Linwood School District.
Photographer Kathie Robison, a longtime employee of the Sentinel, will remain as a photograper with the paper.
Clausie Smith also will stay on to write a weekly column and cover some sporting events.
In addition to the staff changes, the Sentinel is introducing a new design and offers readers some new focus pages.
Readers each week will find a Home and Family page, Opinion page, Education page and Community page.
The World Company is the parent company of the Lawrence Journal World.