The Telegraph (Alton)
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(as the Alton Telegraph)
It was founded in 1836 as the Alton Telegraph by Lawson A. Parks. It is published seven days a week. Until the 1970s, the Telegraph was known as the Alton Daily Telegraph and then the Alton Evening Telegraph
In 1969, the Alton Telegraph was sued for defamation by a local builder, James C. Green. A jury awarded $9 million. The newspaper could not appeal unless it posted a $10 million bond, and instead declared bankruptcy, eventually settling for slightly more than its insurance limits.
The Telegraph is one of three daily newspapers that Ohio Community Media owns outside the state of Ohio. The other two are the Journal-Courier, in nearby Jacksonville, Illinois, and the Sedalia Democrat in Missouri. These three newspapers, along with The Lima News in Ohio, constituted the Central Division of Freedom Communications before being sold to Ohio Community Media in May 2012.
- Wursthorn, Michael (May 17, 2012). "News Release: Versa Buys Four Papers From Freedom Communications". Dow Jones LBO Wire. Retrieved June 8, 2012.
- Lawson A. Parks Retrieved on October 7, 2007
- Ramsey, Donna. "Chronology of Alton Newspapers, 1832-1976." The Telegraph, July 3, 1976, Sec. D
- "OCM Purchases the Lima News". News-Democrat (Georgetown, Ohio). Retrieved June 11, 2012.
- Official Website of The Telegraph
- Freedom Communications Website
- Evolution of The Telegraph
- Biography of Lawson A. Parks
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