The Monett Times announced today that the newspaper has been purchased by Rust Communications based out of Cape Girardeau. The family operated business owns the Cassville Democrat and 49 other newspapers, including the Carroll County (Ark.) News, the Lovely County (Ark.) Citizen and the Holiday Island (Ark.) News as well as its flagship newspaper, the Southeast Missourian.
Lisa Schlichtman currently editor of the Cassville Democrat has been named the new editor for the Times. Murray Bishoff will continue his role as the managing editor.