The Dix family-owned newspaper chain serving a large portion of northeastern and east-central Ohio has joined the family of GateHouse Media, owner of The Canton Repository, The Columbus Dispatch and about 50 other Ohio publications and websites. John Cribb, of Cribb, Greene & Cope, represented the Dix Family in the transaction.

The Dix family announced today that it has sold Dix Communications to GateHouse Media. The sale includes five daily newspapers, other publications and websites serving all or part of 13 of Ohio’s 88 counties: Ashland, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Guernsey, Holmes, Mahoning, Noble, Portage, Stark, Summit and Wayne.

The Dix media outlets join other nearby northeastern Ohio daily and weekly publications in the GateHouse Ohio Media family, including the daily Repository, The Independent in Massillon and The Times-Reporter in New Philadelphia, as well as eight weekly and monthly publications around those and other northeastern Ohio communities.

Dix operations include a printing facility in Wooster and more than 30 daily and weekly newspapers, online-only publications and specialty publications. The largest newspapers are the Record-Courier in Kent, The Daily Record in Wooster, The Ashland Times-Gazette, The Alliance Review and The Daily Jeffersonian in Cambridge.