Kansas Profile

Fred Smith Tipton Times 


November 23, 2023

A homegrown rural Kansas newspaper is connecting with people across the nation and beyond.

Fred Smith is the publisher of the Tipton Times. In 1991, the Smiths moved back to Tipton from west Chicago to provide a safe, secure, small-town family environment for their children.

They bought the Tipton Grocery and expanded it through the years. In fall 2023, they sold the grocery store to a local woman’s grandson and his wife. “I probably could have sold it sooner but I really wanted to keep it local,” Smith said. The new owners will be the fifth owners of the store in 117 years.

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