April 27, 2017 Last Updated 2:50 pm

Paddock Publications acquires three southern Illinois weeklies to extend its market reach

The Carbondale Times, Weekend Times and Nightlife will be published as part of the Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group

The publisher of the Daily Herald, Paddock Publications Inc., announced today that they had acquired three weekly newspaper in southern Illinois – the Carbondale Times, Weekend Times and Nightlife. The combined circulation of the papers is around 20,000.

The deal also includes the commercial print and niche publication business, according to Daily Herald Publisher and CEO Douglas K. Ray.

Carbondale is the home of Southern Illinois University, which has the second best mascot name (IMO), the Salukis. (The best mascot name is, of course, the Banana Slugs – you’ll have to research that one if you don’t know the school.)

Paddock Publications also owns several weekday newspapers in southern Illinois, acquired last summer. The newspapers, including the new acquisitions, are published under the Southern Illinois LOCAL Media Group name.

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