Rust Communications executive drowns in Maine

Friday, August 20, 2010 | 11:09 a.m. CDT

HARPSWELL, Maine — Officials say a Missouri man who was an executive of Rust Communications has died after falling off a pier and getting trapped under a float in Harpswell, Maine.

The Cumberland County Sheriff's Department says 66-year-old Walter Lage, of Cape Girardeau, Mo., drowned Thursday.

Deputies say Lage and some friends were unloading a boat after an outing to Portland, Maine. Lage was pronounced dead at Mid Coast Hospital.

At Rust Communications, Lage oversaw the acquisition or startup of about 50 newspapers in eight states, including 13 daily newspapers.

The Southeast Missourian reports that before joining Rust Communications, Lage was president of newspaper operations in the Paxton Media Group and general manager of the Paducah Sun. Before that, he was publisher of the Boonville Daily News and of free publications in Jefferson City and Columbia.


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