Andrew O'Byrne Sr. and Andrew O'Byrne Jr. have started two weekly papers, one for Bamberg County and the other for eastern Orangeburg County (South Carolina), The Times and Democrat (Orangeburg) reported.

Paxton Media Group has bought the Wilkes Journal-Patriot newspaper in North Wilkesboro, North Carolina, from Carter-Hubbard Publishing, according to Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented the Hubbard family in the sale.

New Jersey-based hedge fund Chatham Asset Management has completed its buy of McClatchy, Chatham announced. The purchase transitions the McClatchy operation out of bankruptcy. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mcclatchy-acquired-by-chatham-asset-management-llc-301124648.html

North Equity, a digital media venture equity firm, has acquired a number of media brands from Bonnier Corporation. The acquisition includes Popular Science, Popular Photography, Saveur, Outdoor Life, Field & Stream, Better You and Interesting Things.

Jerry Healey announced Oct. 29 that he has closed a deal with Landmark Community Newspapers to buy all of their Colorado weekly papers and companion websites. Prior to the acquisition, Colorado Community Media already owned and operated 17 weekly and two monthly papers in the greater Denver area.

Gannett has sold BridgeTower Media to private equity firm Transom Capital Group. BridgeTower is a provider of B2B information, research, events and marketing solutions in more than 25 U.S. markets and industries.

Allured Business Media acquired publishing house Creative Age on July 15. The move expands Allured Business Media's salon and spa professional brands from one to five and grows its professional beauty event repertoire, said a news release. Before the acquisition, Illinois-based Allured Busin…

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J. Louis Mullen has bought the Emmons County Record in Linton, North Dakota, and the Prairie Pioneer in Pollock, South Dakota. Mullen bought the two papers on July 1 from long-time owners Allan and Leah Burke.

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Paxton Media has bought The Herald (Jasper, Indiana) from the Rumbach family, the paper reported. Paxton Media assumed ownership on Aug. 1.

Chicago-based Metric Media has bought the Mount Vernon News (Ohio), the paper announced Aug. 2. https://mountvernonnews.com/local-news/2020/08/02/mount-vernon-news-under-new-leadership/

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Sample News Group has bought the Indiana Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania), according to Randy Cope of Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented the Donnelly family in their sale.

U.K.-based Kelsey Media has acquired weekly newspaper Motorsport News from Motorsport Network, owners of Autosport, F1 Racing magazine and Motorsport.com, an online racing portal.

Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises is buying back the Dayton Daily News, Springfield News-Sun and Journal-News from Apollo Global Management, the Dayton paper reported.

Hedge fund Alden Global Capital’s MNG Enterprises has taken a 5.9% stake in Lee Enterprises. The move came on the heels of the Jan. 29 announcement that Lee is buying Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group publications and The Buffalo News for $140 million in cash.

The Savannah Reporter, a county-seat weekly in Savannah, Missouri, has been sold by long-time owners Guy and Leslie Speckman to a local family. Ken Rosenauer and his son, Brent, purchased the 2,500-circulation newspaper, effective Jan. 30.

Media­News Group has bought a group of 11 community papers owned by Red Wing Publishing, the Star Tribune reported.

Sonoma Media Investments has announced its purchase of the Sonoma County Gazette (California) from Vesta Copestakes, publisher and owner of the Gazette since 2003.  

Country Media has made a deal to acquire the daily paper in Coos Bay along with weekly papers in Bandon and Reedsport (all in Oregon), the Curry Coastal Pilot reported. The company purchased the Del Norte Triplicate and Curry Coastal Pilot last summer.

In a move that industry watchers could have seen coming, Iowa-based Lee Enterprises is buying Warren Buffett’s BH Media Group’s publications and The Buffalo News for $140 million in cash.

After 57 years, the Ripon Commonwealth Press and Express in Ripon, Wisconsin, has new owners. Effective Jan. 1, the Lyke family sold the paper and shopper to Delta Media Group, based in Kiel, Wisconsin. The company owns a digital marketing agency and several papers.

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Country Media has made a deal to acquire the daily paper in Coos Bay along with weekly papers in Bandon and Reedsport (all in Oregon), the Curry Coastal Pilot reported. The company purchased the Del Norte Triplicate and Curry Coastal Pilot last summer.

The last edition of The Sentinel Newspapers will publish on Jan. 30 ,after serving Montgomery County for more than 160 years and Prince George’s County (both in Maryland) for 88 years, CEO/Publisher Lynn Kapiloff wrote in the papers.

Jill Friesz, owner of the Grant County News and Carson Press in North Dakota, has bought two papers in the state that were set to close, Forum News Service reported.

DMGT, owner of the U.K.’s Daily Mail, has bought the i newspaper and website from JPI Media for £49.6 million cash consideration (around $63 million). The i has retail sales of approximately 170,000 papers each weekday and over 190,000 copies of the iweekend each Saturday.

The Daily Gazette (Schenectady, New York) has bought The Recorder, Courier-Standard-Enterprise and Fulton County Express papers from McClary Media, the Gazette reported.

Scherer Publishing, owned by Bob and Mandy Scherer of Martin, South Dakota, is buying the Hot Springs Star (South Dakota) from Lee Enterprises. It will be merged with the Fall River County Herald, starting with the Dec. 12 edition of the Fall River County Herald Star, the Herald reported. Th…

U.K.-based Kelsey Media has acquired weekly newspaper Motorsport News from Motorsport Network, owners of Autosport, F1 Racing magazine and Motorsport.com, an online racing portal.

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GateHouse parent New Media Investment Group has completed its $1.2 billion cash-and-stock buy of Gannett, the companies announced Nov. 19. The combined company has adopted the name Gannett Co. and trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker GCI.

New York state-based Capital Region Independent Media has acquired Manchester Newspapers (Granville, New York) and all associated digital and print products, according to John Thomas Cribb of merger and acquisition firm Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represented the Manchester family in the sale.

After 43 years as owners of the Ransom County Gazette in Lisbon, North Dakota, Sean and Cheryl Kelly announced on Nov. 1 that they have sold the publication to NorDak Publishing. 

Ogden Newspapers will buy The Courier of Findlay and the Review Times of Fostoria (both in Ohio) from Findlay Publishing, according to Jeffrey Potts of Cribb, Greene & Cope, who represents the Heminger family and Findlay Publishing.