Stephens Media LLC, owner of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, has acquired the Lincoln County Record, a weekly newspaper in rural eastern Nevada that has been publishing since 1870.
“The Lincoln County Record is one of Nevada’s great old newspapers,” said Sherman Frederick, president of Stephens Media. “Stephens Media is pleased to take on the role of preserving this historic paper and committed to serving readers and advertisers in Lincoln County.”
Stephens purchased the Record from the Pioche Record Publishing Co., which was operated for 30 years by Lom and Cecelia Thompson. Over the past few years, their son, Raymond Thompson, served as publisher and editor of the 2,000-circulation newspaper.
Geoff Schumacher, Stephens Media’s director of community publications, praised Thompson’s stewardship of the paper and the improvements he made during his tenure.
“The Record is a vital resource in Lincoln County,” Schumacher said. “We intend to build on its great reputation and bring new resources to the effort of delivering timely and accurate local news and information.”
Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
The Record is distributed throughout Lincoln County but its offices are in the city of Caliente.
Stephens Media LLC is a nationwide media company that publishes 11 daily newspapers from Hawaii to North Carolina. Its flagship newspaper is the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The company also publishes more than 50 weekly newspapers, eight magazines and multiple websites. Stephens Media is the largest newspaper publisher in Nevada. Its Nevada newspapers, in addition to the Review-Journal, include the Pahrump Valley Times, Tonopah Times-Bonanza and Goldfield News, Ely Times, Eureka Sentinel, Mesquite Local News and Boulder City Review.