After 53 years in the Byerley family, the Lewistown News-Argus has a new owner, one with strong Montana roots. Yellowstone Newspapers has purchased the Lewistown News-Argus and News-Argus Printing, according to John T. Cribb of Bolitho-Cribb & Associates who represented the sellers in the transaction.
Yellowstone Newspapers is owned by John Sullivan of Livingston and publishes papers in Livingston, Miles City, Glendive, Dillon, and Terry.
Dave Byerly’s father, Ken, purchased the Lewistown paper in 1947 and was active in the business until his death in 1998. He was a professor emeritus from the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and active in community and state affairs.
Dave Byerly went to work at the News-Argus in the mid-1970’s and has managed the business for 20 years. The News-Argus today employs 35 people and publishes the News-Argus twice a week, the CenMont Shopper once a week, serves customers throughout Montana with its full-service printing department, and offers a web page and Internet services to the area.
“Owning a newspaper is a public trust, and we have tried very hard to publish a great newspaper and to serve and support Lewistown and Central Montana in every way we could over the years,” said Dave Byerly. “We are grateful for the continuing support throughout the years of our printing and advertising customers as well as our readers.”
John Sullivan’s family has been engaged in small-town journalism on and off for over 100 years, since his grandfather started several papers in Roosevelt and Sheridan counties in northeast Montana.
“The News-Argus has been one of the best papers in Montana for decades, and we intend to do everything we can to keep it that way, serving the community of Lewistown and Fergus County,” said Sullivan.
Bolitho-Cribb & Associates is a seventy-seven year old newspaper brokerage company with offices in Montana, Wyoming, Wisconsin, and Florida.