Lincoln publisher accuses politicians, rival newspaper of bilking taxpayers

 By Scott Finn 

There’s a fight going on for the hearts and minds of newspaper readers in Lincoln County – and that struggle could affect small newspapers all across West Virginia. 

On one side is Dan Butcher, a Lincoln County native who moved to Florida and made a fortune. Now he’s back and he’s starting a newspaper chain. Butcher is challenging an established newspaper, the Lincoln Journal, with a start-up called the Lincoln Standard.

He’s alleging that the Lincoln Journal and local politicians are in cahoots with each other – and taxpayers are footing the bill.

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