Iowa-based Lee Enterprises has sold its newspaper and digital media operations in Maysville, Kentucky, to Champion Media, including The Ledger Independent and maysville-online.com, the company announced.

The Ledger Independent is published five days a week with a print circulation of 3,654 daily, and maysville-online.com reaches more than 6,300 unique visitors each month, according to Lee. Lee bought the newspaper in 2002 as part of the purchase of Howard Publications.

Champion Media owns four daily newspapers and 18 weeklies in North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and Minnesota.

“Champion Media is honored that Lee Enterprises has given us the opportunity to acquire the Maysville Ledger Independent,” said Scott Champion, CEO of Champion Media. “We are excited to add Maysville to our cluster of newspapers across the river in Ripley, West Union, Georgetown, and Batavia, Ohio.”

Lee Enterprises has daily newspapers, rapidly growing digital products and nearly 300 weekly and specialty publications serving 50 markets in 22 states.

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