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MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas newspaper owner is buying four other regional papers.

The Manhattan Mercury says Seaton Publishing Company of Manhattan has signed a contract to buy the Junction City Daily Union. The purchase will be effective May 1.

The 103-year-old company is also acquiring First Infantry Division Post, the Wamego Smoke Signal and Wamego Times as part of the deal.

Ned Seaton is the president of Seaton Publishing and publisher of The Mercury. He says the merger will allow subscribers of all the publications to have better access to news and information from across the region. It’ll also allow businesses to reach potential local customers throughout the three-county market.

The Seaton family has owned and operated the Kanas newspaper since 1915.


Information from: The Manhattan (Kan.) Mercury,