Publisher David Schloss has sold the Free Press Standard (Carrollton, Ohio) to the AloNovus Corp. of Millersburg, Ohio. The deal closed May 29.

Ken Blum of Grimes, McGovern & Associates represented the sellers in the transaction.

AloNovus has a network of weekly and monthly papers in eleven counties of Ohio. Total distribution of the combined publications approaches 400,000. The firm was founded by Abe and Fran Mast in the early 1970s and is now owned and operated by their sons.

The staff at the FPS will be retained.

“We’re thrilled to add such a storied newspaper to our menu of print products,” said Michael Mast, AloNovus president. “In addition, we have the great good fortune of adding a skilled and experienced team of news professionals to our staff.”

The seller, Schloss Media, is based in Cadiz, Ohio, and owner David Schloss said he was pleased to sell to a progressive family-owned company.

Schloss and his wife, Emily, will continue to own and operate the Harrison News Herald in Harrison County.