The Turlock Journal, Manteca/Ripon Bulletin, Oakdale Leader, Ceres Courier, Escalon Times, Riverbank News and 209 Magazine are under new ownership, the Turlock paper reported.

Hank and Kelly Vander Veen have bought the Morris Newspapers of California (MNC) publications through their company, 209 Multimedia.

Hank Vander Veen has been group publisher of MNC for nearly ten years, said the paper. Previously he spent 25 years with McClatchy.  

“I firmly believe that local community news organizations remain vital to our democracy as the trusted local source for news and information.  I am committed to fostering that environment while meeting the needs of all of our dedicated advertisers and subscribers,” said Hank Vander Veen.

The paper are printed at a company facility in Manteca. All current staff will move to the new company, says the paper.