AIM Media unit buys Ohio paper owned by the Haswell family for 118-plus years


AIM Media Midwest LLC has acquired Sentinel-Tribune of Bowling Green, Ohio and the other publishing assets of The Sentinel Company Inc.

The newspaper had been owned by the Haswell family for 118 years, and in its announcement, AIM said Sentinel-Tribune Publisher Karmen Concannon, a fourth-generation family member, will remain in her current position under the new ownership.

“The Haswell family has owned and operated the Sentinel-Tribune for over 118 years with Karmen representing the fourth generation of family ownership and her parents, Tom and Kathy Haswell, representing the third generation,” said Jeremy L. Halbreich, Chairman and CEO of AIM Media Management, AIM Midwest’s parent.

“Through our sale process, we have had the great pleasure and privilege of becoming acquainted with Karmen and her parents,” he added. “We have great admiration for the entire family and we are very flattered to have this opportunity to become directly involved with their important, high-quality, local journalism operation.” he added.

The Haswell family has “demonstrated extraordinary commitment, support and leadership to the Bowling Green community and across Wood County throughout their four generations of ownership,” Halbreich said. “It is our goal and strongest desire to continue this community service and we look forward to providing the guidance and direction necessary for this publication to engage its local audiences and to set the civic agenda and discourse in both online and print.”

“The sale of the Sentinel-Tribune to AIM Media Midwest represents another milestone in our effort to provide the people of Bowling Green and Wood County with a daily newspaper of the exceptional quality they have learned to expect,” said Tom Haswell. “The Haswell family is deeply appreciative of the support we have received over the past 118 years both from our dedicated employees and the generations of people that have helped make the Sentinel the outstanding newspaper that it is. We will be watching with pride and confidence as AIM Media leads the Sentinel far into the future.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray, the media mergers and acquisition firm in Santa Fe, New Mexico represented The Sentinel Company in the transaction.