The Independent staff were as shocked as those at the Independence Examiner, where even the publisher was kept in the dark about the sale:
The news came as a surprise to the newspaper, said Independent Publisher Don Smith.
"It came totally out of the blue," Smith said. "But it was a business decision made for good reasons."
The Independent has about 105 employees, and Smith said he's been told all should consider their jobs secure.
Not much is known about the specifics of the sale because it came about so quickly, he said.
"We'll be open with our readers and the public on the details as they unfold," he said.