Former Hoosier buys newspapers


An Indiana native has acquired a group of Iowa newspapers.

Trevis Mayfield, president and majority owner of Sycamore Media Corp., announced that the company has acquired three newspapers located just west of the Mississippi River.

The Dewitt Observer and the Maquoketa Sentinel-Press publish twice a week, and The Bellevue Herald-Leader publishes weekly.

Mayfield, 48, is a Dixon, Iowa, resident and former vice president of Shaw Media and publisher of Sauk Valley Media. He began his career at his hometown newspaper in Sullivan, Ind.

Mayfield has been in the newspaper industry for almost 30 years, working up the ranks from a variety of newsroom positions.

He also has worked for newspapers in Sumter, S.C.; Tampa, Fla.; Gary, Ind.; and Munster, Ind.; before becoming publisher of the Tribune-Star in Terre Haute, Ind.