The family-owned Gardner News is distributed in Gardner, Ashburnham, Hubbardston, Phillipston, Templeton, Westminster and Winchendon, Massachusetts. Alberta S. Bell is president and publisher of the newspaper.

"I admire how The Gardner News has stuck to a winning formula. What a tremendous service this daily newspaper provides to Gardner and the surrounding towns. We are proud to continue Alberta's fine legacy of providing top-notch journalism to the greater Gardner community," said Kirk Davis, chief executive officer of GateHouse Media, in a prepared statement.

The purchase of the Gardner News follow GateHouse's acquisition of the Holden Landmark Corp., which had nine websites and six print newspapers: Worcester Magazine, The Landmark in Holden, the Millbury-Sutton Chronicle, the Leominster Champion, Bay State Parent and The Grafton News.

The parent company of GateHouse Media, New Media Investment Group of New York, is buying the Holden Landmark Corp. for $1.2 million.

"I look forward to working with the team at The Gardner News, getting to know the readers, advertisers, community stakeholders and continuing the winning ways of this great publication. This market has been well served with a dedicated staff of professionals and we are grateful for the opportunity to work alongside them," said Paul Provost, president of the Telegram & Gazette.

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