The Post, The Coalfield Progress and The Dickenson Star (Virginia) have been sold to a Missouri-based newspaper firm, LCP2, an affiliate of Lewis County Press, The Coalfield Progress reported.
The sale comes as American Hometown Publishing, which bought the papers in 2005, is shutting down, the paper reported. Other American Hometown Publishing properties in Tennessee, Oklahoma, North Carolina and Florida have been sold or are being sold, the paper reported.
LCP2 had previously bought another AHP paper, in Blackwell, Oklahoma. It also has 10 other papers, mainly in Missouri but also in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Texas and Kentucky, The Coalfield Progress said.
Two jobs in Norton (Coalfield Progress) involving circulation and business office functions have been lost, the paper said.
The sale of the papers didn’t involve any company real estate. Buildings in Norton and Clintwood have been for sale for several years, the paper reported.