The Central Oregonian is a twice-weekly newspaper published in Prineville in the U.S. state of Oregon. Established in 1881, the paper covers Central Oregon where it is the newspaper of record for Crook County. Elmo Smith owned the paper until his death in 1968, when his son Denny Smith took over ownership of the Central Oregonian and other newspapers that became Eagle Newspapers. Eagle sold the paper to the Pamplin Media Group in June 2013. As of 2014, the paper is published on Tuesdays and Fridays and has a paid circulation of 2,652.