Heartland Publications is a Connecticut-based owner of small to medium market newspapers. Heartland Publications LLC formed in May 2004 and started out by acquiring 24 publications from CNHI newspaper group. They currently own 48 paid circulation newspapers located in Georgia, Kentucky, North and South Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Heartland Publications was owned by The Wicks Group of Companies and Wachovia Capital Partners. They acquired Mid-South Management Co., Inc. in 2007. The New York Times reports that Heartland Publications filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Monday December 21, 2009. Heartland left bankruptcy in 2010 under control of its creditors.