Prairie Village-born newspaper closes its doors after 60 years

A Johnson County news institution with its roots in Prairie Village is shutting its doors.

The Johnson County Sun laid off 20 editorial and sales employees Tuesday, and announced that the issue hitting stands later this week would be its last. The paper originally started as the Village Scout, a weekly introduced for the Prairie Village market in 1950. Stan and Shirley Rose started the business out of their home at 4419 W. 69th Street, and eventually grew it into a publication that reached the majority of the county.

The Roses’ son Steve, who took over operations of the company after his parents retired, sold the paper to American Community Newspapers in 1999. It was sold again to current owner NPG Newspapers in 2006. Steve Rose, whose front page editorials were a fixture of the publication for decades, cut final ties with the publication in November 2010, and began writing a column for the Kansas City Star’s Neighborhood News section shortly thereafter.

“It is almost incomprehensible that a community like Johnson County will not have its own independent newspaper, acting as a voice for the community,” Rose told Bottom Line Communications. “It is a real loss.”