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Since 1919, when a city official named Frank Prial purchased this newspaper, every issue—including this one marking the 20th anniversary of 9/11—has been overseen by a member of the Prial family.
This is the last issue with which the current generation, publisher Ed Prial and his brother Joe, will be involved, as the paper moves to the control of our new owner, Ben August.
That century-plus era perhaps changed most dramatically over the past decade, as print journalism became harder to profitably sustain. Amid salary and benefit cuts, the Prials kept The Chief viable long enough to find a buyer who could move it forward while upholding quality journalism.
For that, they have our gratitude.