Nemo News Media Group has bought Missouri’s Palmyra Spectator, which had announced it would close Oct. 31.

The paper's publishers, Mark and Patty Cheffey, have now said that the paper will stay alive “for the foreseeable future,” the Herald Whig (Quincy, Illinois) reported.

The179-year-old Spectator calls itself “the oldest continuously published weekly newspaper west of the Mississippi.”

Mark Cheffey said the deal with Mike and Sue Scott, owners of the media group, was finalized in late October.

The Cheffeys will operate the Spectator as employees of the Scotts. One other full-time employee and two part-timers will remain working at the Spectator, the Herald Whig reports. The Cheffeys have owned the Spectator since 1994.

Mike Scott said he was pleased to add the Palmyra Spectator to his company's group of Missouri papers.

“Mark and Patty put out a terrific paper,” he said.

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