Bolton Newspapers has purchased The Wayne County News in Waynesboro, Mississippi, from Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., according to John Cribb, Cribb & Associates, who represented the buyer in the transaction.

The purchase was finalized for the 114-year-old county seat weekly on Wednesday, December 31. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Former Atmore Advance publisher Paul Keane was named publisher by Bo Bolton, president of Bolton Newspapers.

Keane has more than 20 years’ experience. He has been a sports writer for weekly and daily newspapers in Texas and Alabama. While in those roles, he won numerous awards including Best Sports Section in Texas in 1991, Sports Writer of the Year for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches that same year, and various writing, column, and photography awards in the two states.

About four years ago, he was named general manager of The Clanton (Ala.) Advertiser, a daily newspaper in central Alabama, and was later named general manager of three weekly newspapers in Mississippi before moving to Atmore. He left the newspaper business last year to concentrate on a book publishing company he and his wife operate. He and his wife, Doris, and their three children will move to Wayne County as soon as a house can be found.

Bolton Newspapers also owns The Monroe Journal in Monroeville, The Tri-City Ledger in Flomaton, The County View Shopper and News and other free publications. Stockholders of The Wayne County News are Bolton family members, Joe Thomas, publisher of The Tri-City Ledger, and Albert Thompson of Dixie Publications in Memphis, Tennessee.

Cribb & Associates is an 80 year old newspaper brokerage firm with offices in Montana, Virginia, and Florida.

Published December 31, 2003

Waynesboro, MS