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Former publisher French acquires Port Lavaca Wave
PORT LAVACA – The Port Lavaca Wave is now under the ownership of former publisher Tania French.
French’s company, Something More Newspapers, purchased the newspaper from Hartman Newspapers, LP, in a transaction effective Sept. 1.
While the parties have an agreement for The Wave to stay at its current location through the end of the year, the sale did not include the current Port Lavaca Wave property at 107 E. Austin St. The Wave will relocate to its new home in downtown Port Lavaca.
The Wave was founded in 1890 and has been owned by Hartman Newspapers for more than 40 years. The newspaper currently publishes a print product on Wednesdays, with an eEdition as well as daily digital news updates on the newspaper’s website.
French worked for Hartman Newspapers for many years, starting as a reporter for the Port Lavaca Wave in 2000. She served as publisher of the newspaper from 2010 to 2018. In 2018, she launched her own company, Something More Media, a marketing and business consulting firm, based in Port Lavaca.
“Hartman Newspapers knows that it is leaving The Wave in good hands with Tania French as the newspaper’s new owner,” Hartman newspapers Chairman Clyde King said in announcing the sale. “Tania has had a long association with our company, and we appreciate that she knows the newspaper business and also knows the Port Lavaca community.”
French said that after the initial transition and move to new offices, she will not be handling the day-to-day operations of the Wave. “My excellent Something More Newspapers management team and the Wave team will work hand-in-hand to ensure the long term success of The Port Lavaca Wave,” she said. French said readers can look forward to “a strong print product along with some new digital offerings.”
Mount Pleasant returns to twice weekly print editions
MOUNT PLEASANT – The Mount Pleasant Tribune has returned to publishing twice weekly. Publisher Kenny Mitchell said the Wednesday edition returned to print after months of dealing with challenges from COVID-19. For several months, the newspaper has been printing only a Saturday edition.
Mitchell said eEditions will continue to be available to subscribers who prefer the digital versions, and print subscribers would receive two weekly editions in the mail.
Previously a daily, the Mount Pleasant Tribune has published twice weekly since 2014.