The Port Arthur News

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The Port Arthur News
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Boone Newspapers
PublisherStephen Hemelt
EditorMonique Batson
Sports editorChris Moore
FoundedMarch 17, 1897
Headquarters2349 Memorial Blvd., Port Arthur, Texas 77640
Circulation 8,100 (weekday) [1]

The Port Arthur News is six-day morning newspaper published every day except Mondays in Port Arthur, Texas, covering Jefferson County. It is owned by Boone Newspapers.

The newspaper has not missed an issue since March 17, 1897, when the Stump family, leaving Missouri, printed the first weekly edition in a baggage car of a train on the way to their new home. The News went daily (except Sunday) in 1901, and a Sunday edition was added in 1916 (although it was later abandoned, and then reintroduced). By 1920, all of Port Arthur's other newspapers had either folded or been bought out by The News.

A Texas newspaper chain begun by E.S. Fentress and Charles Marsh bought The News in 1921, overseeing headquarters and press improvements, until Cox Enterprises bought it in 1976. Cox converted The News from an afternoon paper to morning publication in 1986. In 1991, Cox sold The News, along with its sister paper The Orange Leader , to American Publishing Company, which in turn dealt them to Community Newspaper Holdings in 1999. [2] The pair was sold to Boone Newspapers Inc. in 2014. [1]

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  2. Port Arthur News history, accessed January 20, 2007.