Current Publishing

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This article is about the American publisher. For the British publisher of Current Archaeology, Current World Archaeology, and Military History Monthly (formerly Military Times), see Current Publishing (UK).

Current Publishing is a publishing company in southern Maine that puts out six weekly newspapers. Lee Hews is the company's publisher. Jane P. Lord is the executive editor, and John Balentine is the managing editor.


The four free, weekly newspapers produced by Current Publishing include:

  • The Current, a broadsheet launched September 13, 2001, to serve the towns of Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth. The City of South Portland was added to its coverage area in mid-2002; It is now a tabloid.
  • The American Journal, a tabloid purchased in July, 2002, and converted to a broadsheet. It currently serves Westbrook, Gorham and Buxton; It has since been converted back to a tabloid.
  • The Lakes Region Weekly, a broadsheet launched in October, 2003, in conjunction with purchase of The Suburban News. Initially, the paper was known as The Lakes Region Suburban News. It currently serves Windham, Standish, Naples, Sebago and Casco; This too, has been converted to a tabloid.
  • The Tri-Town Weekly, a small tabloid launched in 2012, that serves Freeport, Durham and Pownal

Discontinued newspapers include The Citizen, a tabloid launched in 2005 to serve Cornish and surrounding towns, which ceased publication in 2007, and The Monument News, a tabloid serving Gray and New Gloucester purchased in 2008. It continued for four months and then was folded into the Lakes Region Weekly. The company has also ceased to publish its York County Papers, the Reporter, the Weekly Observer and the Sun Chronicle, though it will still publish the Sun Monthly.

The company also produces a number of free, niche publications, including, in order of launch:

  • My Generation, focusing on baby boomer issues;
  • Maine Women, Maine's only women's magazine;
  • Food Etc., a cooking magazine, and;
  • 95 North, a Southern Maine travel magazine.

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