According to an Oct. 26,
2005 press release from Bentonville, Arkansas, Community Publishers Inc. (CPI)
has reached an "agreement in principal" to purchase Retherford Publications'
Tulsa-based newspaper company. The deal is expected to close by the end of
(which includes the "Collinsville News") is Oklahoma's largest
privately owned newspaper firm with 19 separate publications. Community newspapers
include Bixby, Broken Arrow, Catoosa, Collinsville, Coweta, Glenpool,
Jenks, Keystone, Mannford, Owasso, Sand Springs, Skiatook and Wagoner. Other
publications include Daily Commerce and Legal News, Guffey's Real Estate Journal,
Pennysaver, Tulsa Business Journal, and Tulsa County News.
is based in Bentonville and currently owns 10 daily and weekly newspapers
in Arkansas and Missouri. They also have commercial printing businesses in
Harrison, Ark., and Springfield, Mo. Michael R. Brown, executive vice president
of CPI, will be publisher of the Tulsa area publications after the sale closes.
Brown, a 22 year veteran of CPI, was most recently publisher of the Benton
County Daily Record at Bentonville.
was founded in 1965 when Bill Retherford purchased the Tulsa County News.
Retherford Publications already owned the "Collinsville Herald"
when it purchased "The Collinsville News" in February 1987
(from John and Betty Wright) and combined them into the "Collinsville
News-Herald". The Herald name was later dropped and the "Collinsville
News" is now in it's 107th year. Bill
Retheford died in June 2005 and the company is currently owned by his
family including his widow (Mary Retheford), daughter (Lisa Walker) and son
Bill Johnson is the current
news editor of the "Collinsville News" and Renata Horn is
the office manager.