The Loudoun Easterner, a 62,000 circulation free weekly newspaper in its 37th year, was purchased August 31 by Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc., Shelbyville, KY, from Creative Publications of Virginia, Inc., which was owned by the late Mary Elizabeth (“Beth”) Miller. The mailed weekly, based in Ashburn, VA, serves readers throughout eastern Loudoun County. Miller had owned the publication since 1989 and died in November 2004.
Craig Bohrer has been named publisher of The Loudoun Easterner, also effective August 31. Since 2000, he has been publisher of The Journal, Martinsburg, WV, seven-day daily newspaper with 19,911 circulation daily and 20,626 Sunday. Prior to that, he was publisher of The Parkersburg News and Sentinel in WV and The Sentinel in Lewistown, PA. Before that, he was production manager and commercial printing manager for The Journal. He is a 1979 graduate of West Virginia University with a B.A. degree in journalism.
Mike Abernathy, president of LCNI, said, “We are excited about the future of this newspaper that has grown up within the fast-growing Loudoun County area. We hope to continue to build on the record of service by the previous owner, the late Beth Miller.”
Landmark Community Newspapers, Inc., now publishes 54 paid newspapers in 13 states. Five are dailies, four tri-weeklies, seven semi-weeklies and 38 weeklies. LCNI also publishes 40 free newspapers and shoppers, 30 special-interest publications, and operates 16 web offset commercial printing plants. Landmark Sports Group, started in 1997, operates seven nationally circulated collegiate sports publications.
LCNI is a division of Landmark Communications, Inc., a privately held media company based in Norfolk, VA with coast-to-coast interests in newspapers, specialty publications, TV broadcasting, and cable programming.
Cribb & Associates, LLC, in Charlottesville, VA, represented the Estate of Mary Elizabeth Miller in the sale of The Loudoun Easterner.