The Ogden Newspapers, a family-owned newspaper group with 43 daily newspapers published in 16 states, is buying Byrd Newspapers, Ogden CEO Robert M. Nutting announced.

The sale includes the Byrd family's two daily newspapers, The Winchester Star (Winchester, Virginia) and the Daily News-Record of Harrisonburg (Virginia) and their associated websites. Other publications included are the Page News & Courier, The Warren Sentinel, The Shenandoah Valley-Herald, The Valley Banner and Skyline publications. The deal is expected to close at the end of March. It doesn't include any real estate.

"My family is extremely proud to become the successor publisher of the Byrd Newspapers," Nutting said. "We look forward to carrying on the long tradition of the Byrd family publishing great community newspapers serving Winchester, Harrisonburg and the surrounding region."

The Byrd family has been in publishing in the Shenandoah Valley since 1897, the Winchester Star reported. Wheeling, West Virginia-based Ogden Newspapers was founded by H.C. Ogden in 1890 and has been expanding its stable of newspapers lately.

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