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The Daily Iowegian and Wednesday Ad-Express is a five-day, Monday-Friday, daily newspaper published in Centerville, Iowa and covering Appanoose and Wayne counties in Iowa and Putnam County, Missouri.

On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, the newspaper publishes as the Daily Iowegian. The Wednesday's publication is a shopper and is called the Ad-Express.


What is now known as the Daily Iowegian was founded April 7, 1883 by Charles Elliott Vrooman. In the more than 130 years the newspaper has served the county, eight publishers have lead the newspaper. The publishers, and the year they served in that capacity, are: Vrooman 1883-89, J.C. Barrows 1889-1903, John R. Needham and Jess M. Beck co-publishers 1903-1943 and Beck until 1945, Robert K. Beck 1945-1983, John C. Arnold 1983-2000, Brad Day 2000-2003, Becky Oden Maxwell 2003-present.

During its history, the Daily Iowegian has survived the rise and fall of the coal industry, depressions, wars, vast agricultural developments, years of industrial changes and shifting community fortunes.

The paper currently bears the name Daily Iowegian and Ad-Express. The Daily Iowegian, formerly the semi-weekly Iowegian, combined with The Citizen in 1916 to become a daily newspaper. The Citizen was founded in 1864 by David L. Strickler.

In 1983, the Iowegian sold to the Appanoose Publishing Company, a firm that combined the Iowegian and the Ad-Express, a free shopper.

In 1999, the Iowegian sold to Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. CNHI is one of the leading publishers of local news and information in the United States, owning over 100 properties throughout the country, focusing each product on providing exclusive local coverage to each community their properties serve. CNHI, a Raycom Media subsidary, also owns the Ottumwa Courier, Oskaloosa Herald, Clinton Herald, Knoxville Journal-Express and Pella Chronicle in Iowa.

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