Maynard Buck sells 184-year-old Carrollton Free Press Standard to Schloss Media
The Free Press Standard has a new owner.
The sale of the 184-year old newspaper from Maynard A. Buck to Schloss Media Inc. (David and Emily Schloss) was finalized Jan. 16.
Schloss Media Inc. also owns Pipeline Connections magazine, the Harrison News-Herald, a weekly newspaper located in Cadiz; the Tri-State Merchanette and the Brookville Star, a weekly newspaper located 10 miles west of Dayton.
Buck and his late wife, Anne, also owned the Harrison News-Herald at one time. He purchased the Carrollton Standard Printing Company Oct. 31, 1975, which included a printing business and The Free Press Standard. He separated the two companies into separate companies, naming the printing business Carrollton Graphics and retaining the name of the newspaper.
“During the 40 years I owned The Free Press, we covered a lot of meetings and events in Carroll County,” said Buck. “Our staff strived to provide a quality product for our readers over the years and has continued to keep pace with the changes in technology which have affected our industry.”
“I felt it was important to sell the business to someone who will continue to lead the newspaper in the same direction. I believe David Schloss is that person.”
Schloss says he is looking forward to the challenge.
“I obviously have some big shoes to fill,” he said. “Maynard Buck is a well-known figure in Ohio’s newspaper and printing industries and as a local businessman and civic leader.
“It’s a great honor and privilege to follow in his footsteps as the publisher of The Free Press Standard. I am excited for this opportunity, but also see it as a great responsibility to continue this great community institution and produce the quality newspaper each week Carroll County and our readers deserve.”
Schloss said he and Emily are very similar to Maynard and Anne Buck.
“Maynard and Anne were a close knit team in life and business,” he said. “Emily and myself are very similar. As high school sweethearts, we started our business very young (in our early 20s, just one year after being married) when we saw an opportunity to purchase the News-Herald.”
Maynard and Anne were also lifelong business partners. The first newspaper they owned was the News-Herald. During their business partnership they also owned other newspapers, a radio station and printing facilities.
Schloss admitted they were “green” at the time they purchased the News-Hearald (in 1999), but with Emily’s experience as a reporter for the Times-Leader (Martins Ferry) and his ownership of an advertising business, they believed a newspaper would be a good fit for them.
Today, Emily is focused on raising the Schloss’ four children, ages two months, 5, 10 and 14 years, but remains active in the business. The family resides in Jefferson County.