Southwest Times Record

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Southwest Times Record
Type Daily newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Owner(s) Stephens Media LLC[1]
Publisher Tom Stallbaumer[2]
Ad Director: John Speck
Editor Judi Hansen[3]
Founded 1884
Language English
Headquarters 3600 Wheeler Avenue
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72902-1359
 United States
Circulation 38,000 Daily
42,700 Sunday [4]
Official website www.swtimes.com

The Southwest Times Record is a daily newspaper in Fort Smith, Arkansas and covers ten counties in western Arkansas and eastern Oklahoma. It is owned and published by Stephens Media LLC.

History[edit]

The Times Record began as three separate papers: the Fort Smith Times, the Fort Smith News Record and the Southwest American. The Fort Smith Times began publishing first, in December 1884, as an afternoon newspaper. The Fort Smith News Record was established in spring 1893 and also was an afternoon publication. The Southwest American, a morning daily, began publishing in 1907. In July 1909, the Times and the News Record consolidation, becoming the Fort Smith Times Record.

In 1920, boyhood friends John S. Parks and George D. Carney purchased the Fort Smith Times Record, and in 1923, they also bought the American. They continued to publish the American in the morning and the Times Record in the evening, maintaining separate editorial staffs. On Sundays, the two combined into one edition — the Southwest Times Record.

On March 23, 1940, Parks and Carney sold the American and the Times Record to 33-year-old Donald W. Reynolds. Reynolds already owned the Okmulgee (Okla.) Daily Times, so with his acquisition of the American and Times Record, he became a “chain operator,” he wrote. “Thus Donrey (Media Group) was born with the natal date of March 1940.” In 1969, Donrey halted separate delivery of the afternoon Times Record and morning American, merging the papers into a single seven-day morning paper under the Southwest Times Record name. It has published daily under that moniker since.[5]

The paper remained the flagship of Donrey until Reynolds' death in 1993. Reynolds' longtime friend Jack Stephens bought the company, changed its name to Stephens Media Group in 2002 and later to Stephens Media LLC, and moved the headquarters to Las Vegas, Nevada; home of the group's largest property, the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Subsidiary Publications[edit]

River Valley Advertiser (Fort Smith)
Booneville Democrat
Paris Express
Greenwood Democrat
Alma Journal
Press Argus-Courier (Crawford County)
Charleston Express

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