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Chieftain, Sentinel to combine in one print product

May 23, 2013

To our subscribers and readers:

You’ll soon discover some changes in the Sentinel and the Chieftain.

We’ve noticed many significant changes taking place in the tri-county region served by these newspapers, and we’re attempting to respond.

At meetings, even locally focused business meetings such as Chamber of Commerce functions, we encounter friends from communities throughout the area. Some families, we note, may have a Bonner Springs address and send their children to the Basehor school district. An address is not a definition of who we are or even our “community” these days.

Construction of the Legends and the impact of the Cerner move have fueled and are precipitating further changes throughout the area.

In response, we are combining the two newspapers into one. All subscribers will soon be receiving a weekly newspaper called “The Chieftain,” in recognition of the original publication that was guided lovingly by Clausie Smith for many years and has been known for its coverage of the area since its founding in 1896.

We hope this change helps provide an umbrella of unification to the area as it braces for additional growth in the years ahead, because in the larger sense, we’re all part of one rapidly changing community made up of western Wyandotte County, southeastern Leavenworth County and northern Johnson County.

While the newspapers are being combined, the Web sites covering each community will remain separate, recognizing the strong growth of interest in real-time news about each community. We will continue to cover Bonner Springs, and Basehor at Traffic to both sites has been growing rapidly, and we will continue to provide the latest news to our readers in Bonner Springs and Basehor via the Web.

Lots of exciting things are happening all around us. We’re pleased to be part of such a vibrant, growing area. We hope you understand the reason for our change and that you embrace it with as much enthusiasm as we do.

Let us hear from you!


Mark Potts

Vice President of Content, The World Company

Mike Countryman

Director of Circulation

Caroline Boyer

News Editor, The Chieftain

Ann Margret Montemayor



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