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North Scott Press Sold

For the first time in 51 years, a weekly newspaper in the Quad Cities has a new owner. As of Thursday, the Tubbs Family has sold the North Scott Press, based in Eldridge, to Louis Mullen of Wyoming.

Linda and Bill Tubbs
North Scott Press
Linda and Bill Tubbs

Mullen owns other weekly newspapers in Iowa (Harlan, Red Oak, Glenwood), and in several other states.

Now retired owner and publisher, Bill Tubbs, says he didn't want to sell the North Scott Press until he found the right buyer.

"It was important for us to have an owner who has a strong passion for community journalism, for local news, and independent voices, that we believe would hopefully carry on the commitment to the community that we have had for all these years."

Tubbs first went to work for the paper when he was 22 years old, and had just graduated from Iowa State University. And it's the only job he's ever had.

His wife Linda is now fully retired, but he will continue submitting articles to the North Scott Press, and writing his column, "Impressions."

"I try to lift other people up, celebrate successes in the community, and raise questions if questions need to be raised, but I do not ridicule, I try to celebrate, and I try to be kind."

Along with the North Scott Press first published in 1968, the sale includes the Wilton-Durant Advocate News which dates back to 1894, and the West Liberty Index, first published in 1868.

"It is our fundamental belief that newspapers play a pivotal role in the community, in sharing information and bringing people together. It's important to the community's success and progress, and we've been doing that for 51 years and we want it to continue."

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.