Better Newspapers, an Illinois-based company owned by Greg Hoskins, has bought The Mountain Echo (Ironton, Missouri), the paper reported.

The ownership change was set to take place Aug. 1.

Publisher and Editor Randy Pribble was scheduled to retire at the end of July. Randy and his wife, Sue, have owned the paper for seven years, the paper said.

Better Newspapers owns and operates 21 newspapers across Illinois and Missouri.

Kim Combs, who manages the Wayne County Journal-Banner Piedmont and the Reynolds County Courier in Ellington, will now serve as general manager for The Mountain Echo, the paper said.

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