The newspaper was founded in 1877 by James Hayden and has been owned and operated by five generations of the Sincell family, according to The Exponent Telegram.

“This has been a difficult decision for our family,” said Donald Sincell, who has been the paper’s editor for almost 40 years. “There is no one in the next generation of our family who is interested in taking over management of the business for the future, so the timing for such a decision seemed right.”

Sincell’s younger sister Mary will be the new editor and his daughter Rachel will continue to be part of the news staff.

“Brian Jarvis, president of NCWV Media, also comes from a multi-generation family involved in newspaper publishing and clearly understands all of the aspects of ‘rural living,’ which was another important factor in our decision-making process,” Sincell said.

NCWV Media also publishes The Preston News & Journal, The Exponent Telegram daily, as well as The State Journal, The Bridgeport News, The Fairmont News, The Weston News, The Blue & Gold News, NCWV Life Magazine and other publications.

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