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Times Community Newspapers will purchase The Fauquier Citizen and The Culpeper Citizen.

Two of Virginia’s leading community newspaper publishers will join forces Jan. 1, 2006.

Times Community Newspapers, which publishes The Fauquier Times-Democrat and 17 other Northern Virginia papers, will purchase The Fauquier Citizen and The Culpeper Citizen, according to Gary Greene, Cribb & Associates, LLC, who represented the sellers in the transaction. The announcement of the pending sale was made December 15, 2005.

Ellen F. and Lawrence K. “Lou” Emerson launched The Fauquier Citizen in 1989. With veteran newspaper executive Charles P. Bowles III, they started The Culpeper Citizen in 2003. Mr. Bowles serves as publisher of the Culpeper paper.

“There are no plans for change, except that current Citizen owners Ellen and Lou Emerson and Charles Bowles after the transition will pursue other interests outside of journalism in this part of Virginia,” Times Community Newspapers Publisher and Chairman Arthur W. “Nick” Arundel said. “Our common goal is balanced expansion of these newspapers to become even more compelling for our readers.”

The Emersons will continue to live in Fauquier and will remain involved as consultants to the newspapers for at least five years.

The Citizen newspapers are tabloid-size weeklies, published on Thursdays. The newspapers have earned reputations for in-depth reporting, narrative storytelling and strong graphic design.

The Fauquier Citizen has a paid circulation of 8,600. The Culpeper Citizen is mailed free to 19,300 households, giving it almost three times the circulation of its daily competitor.

The Fauquier Times-Democrat, marking its 100th anniversary this year, has a paid circulation of 14,100. The Times-Democrat and the Arundel family’s other newspapers have a combined total circulation of 275,000.

Cribb & Associates, LLC is an eighty-two year old newspaper brokerage firm with offices in Virginia, Florida, and Montana.

Published December 16, 2005

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