About Us

The Cass County Democrat Missourian is a weekly community newspaper that covers Cass County and is published every Friday.

The newspaper is based in Harrisonville and located in 301 S. Lexington along with the Cass County Publishing Company and may be reached by calling 816-234-4449 or by fax at (816) 380-7650.

Our History

The Democrat-Missourian was established as the Cass County Democrat by C.W. Steele in 1881 and is one of the oldest continuously operated businesses in the county.

The Idol family owned The Democrat for much of the first half of this century.

J.W. Sexton bought The Democrat in 1954 and consolidated it with The Missourian which he had founded in 1931, forming The Cass County Democrat-Missourian. The newspaper operated from the southeast corner of the square for 56 years.

J.W. Brown, who purchased The Democrat-Missourian in 1955 and did much to modernize and enlarge the operation.

In 1958, he purchased the Cass County Shopper from William M. Bailey and combined the operations at its present location at 301. S. Lexington St., Harrisonville.

In 1985, Brown sold the newspapers to Inland Industries, Lenexa, Kan. and in 1999 the newspapers were purchased by Knight-Ridder.

McClatchy acquired most of the newspapers formerly owned by Knight Ridder in 2006, which makes it the second largest newspaper company in the United States.

The Cass County Democrat Missourian Today

The Democrat Missourian introduced its most recent redesign Dec. 8, 2006. The paper is split into three sections — A, B and C.

In the A section readers will find breaking news stories from across the county, a calendar of local upcoming events, an editorial and opinion section, features on area businesses and residents, religious news from area churches and advertisements.

The B section begins with area sports news, which focuses mainly on the varsity sports of eight county high schools – Archie, Belton, Drexel, Harrisonville, Midway, Pleasant Hill, Raymore-Peculiar and Sherwood. This section also includes an outdoor page, news from all the local schools, obituaries and community news.

Classified advertisements are included in section C.

A trip our offices on South Lexington provides readers the opportunity to place an advertisement in any of the suburban McClatchy newspapers — The Lee's Summit Journal, The Olathe News and The Cass County Democrat Missourian and the advertising papers — The Lee's Summit Advertising Extra and The Cass County Shopper.

These five area publications are considered suburban papers of The Kansas City Star and are all owned by the McClatchy Company.

According to McClatchy's Web site, the company is "a leading newspaper and Internet publisher dedicated to the values of quality journalism, free expression and community service."

Building on a 149-year legacy of independence, the company's newspapers and Web sites are steadfast defenders of First Amendment values and advocates for the communities they serve.

McClatchy owns a variety of newspapers in 16 different states, including The Fort Worth Star Telegram, The Sacramento Bee and The Miami Herald.

For more information about McClatchy, visit www.mcclatchy.com