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.

Dale Morefield, publisher of The Enquirer-Journal in Monroe since 2015, has taken on the additional duties of publisher of the Wilkes Journal Patriot. The Wilkes Journal-Patriot joined The Enquirer-Journal in Paxton Media Group’s North Carolina/Tennessee/Georgia division.

Julius C. “Jule” Hubbard, editor of the Journal-Patriot and one of the former owners, remains with the paper as a Paxton employee.

Paxton Media Group, based in Paducah, Kentucky, owns more than 30 dailies and several dozen weeklies in the South and Midwest.

The Wilkes Journal-Patriot will continue to publish Wednesdays and update its website throughout the week.