Post updated at 4:10 p.m. with additional information.
LEO Weekly laid off two editorial staffers today: editor Sara Havens, who has been at the paper 15 years (15 years today, to be exact), and staff writer April Corbin.
In addition, the paper laid off its events/marketing director and its classified sales rep.
Founded by now-Congressman John Yarmuth in 1990, the paper was sold to an Erie, Pa.-based company in 2003, before being sold to Nashville-based SouthComm in 2008. Earlier this year, the financially struggling alt-weekly announced that Aaron Yarmuth, John Yarmuth’s son, was planning to purchase the paper, a deal that has been in the works for a few months now.
We’re guessing the deal closed today, but have not yet been in touch with Aaron Yarmuth. We’ll let you know as we know more.
Sources at LEO say Aaron Yarmuth was not present when the employees were laid off today. However, he was expected to attend a company meeting later in the afternoon to announce his purchase of the paper had been finalized. Those sources also say he will be serving as editor.
In addition, we hear NFocus Magazine — LEO’s sister publication, a monthly magazine — will remain under the ownership of SouthComm.