“Argus Champion to begin publication” is the front-page headline in this week’s InterTown Record (January 11, 2011), a weekly newspaper serving the Kearsarge-Sunapee region.
Eagle Printing and Publishing LLC, which produces the daily Eagle Times based in Claremont, will bring back the Argus-Champion later this month, on January 25th. The Eagle Times covers the Twin State Valley region of New Hampshire and Vermont.
Eagle Times Business Manager J.G. Demers said the Argus will first take form as an eight-page insert in the Eagle, and it will published on the fourth Tuesday of each month, reported Katie Richardson, assistant editor of the InterTown Record.
A weekly stand-alone edition of the Argus Champion is expected to follow in May.
Veteran journalist Archie Mountain, Newport, will be the editor of the Argus Champion.
Eagle Times Publisher Harry Hartman will be the publisher and Cheri Bond, at the Eagle in advertising, will be the sales manager, according to the InterTown article.
One of the state’s oldest weeklies
Many in the Newport-Sunapee area remember well the old Argus Champion, one of the state’s oldest weeklies.
From 1823 to 2008, for 165 years, the Argus Champion chronicled the happenings of the greater Lake Sunapee region. In its later years, the Argus office moved out of Newport, to Newbury, and then to New London. It abruptly folded in July 2008. (At the time, Chelsea Conaboy for the Concord Monitor, reported on the story.)
A year later in 2009, Harvey Hill’s Eagle Publications filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, as reported then by WMUR 9. Eagle Publications, at the time, published the newspapers the Eagle Times, the Message For The Week and the Connecticut Valley Spectator–and the advertising paper The Weekly Flea.
A Pennsylvania-based newspaper chain, the Sample News Group, then stepped in and purchased the Eagle and its associated publications. It involved a state guarantee loan of up to $250,000. (Reported at the time by Kevin Landrigan for the Nashua Telegraph.)
In the autumn of 2009, the Claremont newsroom of the Eagle Times returned to business under its new ownership.
Now, the Argus Champion is on its way back.
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