Meridian Booster now part of the Source family

By Lloydminster Source staff

December 15, 2016 12:00 AM

The Lloydminster Source is proud and happy to announce the Meridian Booster has joined the Source family.
The deal to purchase the Booster was finalized last week.
“My brother, Byron, owned the Cutknife Grinder and in 1958 he started the Booster and Meridian Printing here in Lloyd, and built the company up until 1995,” said Kent Keebaugh, general manager of the Source.
“They then decided to sell the Meridian Booster, the Vermilion Standard and the Meadow Lake Progress—the family and partners owned all three—and they sold all the papers to Bowes Publishers Ltd., and so that changed.”
“I know (Source publisher) Reid (Keebaugh) and his mother are very excited to once again own Meridian Printing and the Booster, it’s something the family started and built together, so for them to be back and focusing on community, they look forward to that,” he said.
“(Reid) and his partner started the Source because he liked the newspaper world. So of course he’s really excited about buying his dad’s company again.”
Reid “basically grew up at the Booster,” said Kent.
“He was raised in the Booster building, there’s no question about that, and he learned his business acumen on his father’s lap in the newspaper world.
Byron was very involved in his papers and he wanted to produce a quality community newspaper and that’s what Reid wants,” said Kent.
Lloydminster newspaper readers can expect both papers to be independent of each other, said Kent.
“Basically our vision is, they’ll be separate entities with separate editorial and separate sales and they’ll be separate entities with nice, honest competition,” he said.
“We want to give the reader and the advertiser every opportunity to get their message out and get the news.”
Kent added people still want to get their news from reliable sources. “They rely on real journalists to give them the truth and I think community newspapers have always been a very trusted source of information, more so than daily newspapers,” he said.
“So I think owning the two papers, it’ll still be community focused and hopefully the reader and the advertiser sees it as a trusted source for their messages.”

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