Adams Publishing Group acquires assets of Cooke Communications in N.C., Fla. 9/4/18

Adams Publishing Group announced today that it has purchased the assets of Cooke Communications, LLC, based in Greenville, N.C., and in Key West, Fla., including its print publications, websites and commercial printing operations.

Dirks, Van Essen, Murray & April, a media merger and acquisition firm based in Santa Fe, N.M., represented Cooke Communications, LLC in the transaction. The transaction closed Friday, Aug. 31. Terms were not disclosed.

Cooke Communications newspapers included in the sale are The Daily Reflector (Greenville, N.C.), The Rocky Mount Telegram (Rocky Mount, N.C.), The Daily Advance (Elizabeth City, N.C.), The Key West Citizen (Key West, Fla.) and several non-daily newspapers and websites.

Two Oceans Digital, KeyWest.Com and FloridaKeys.com will remain in Cooke Communications Florida.

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SNPA names Carl Esposito to serve on Board of Directors 8/3/18

Carl Esposito, publisher of The Daily Times in Maryville, Tenn., and regional president of Adams Publishing Group for Tennessee, North Carolina and Southern Virginia, has been named to the SNPA Board of Directors.

Esposito, who will serve in an at-large position on the board, said: "I appreciate the opportunity to join such an accomplished group and look forward to contributing to the ongoing success of SNPA."

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Sun Coast Media in Venice, Fla., sold to Adams Publishing Group 6/18/18

Adams Publishing Group announced Monday that it is purchasing Sun Coast Media Group, based in Venice, Fla., including SCMG's publications located on the west coast of Florida.

Sun Coast Media Group newspapers to be included in the sale are The Venice Gondolier, The Arcadian, The West Villages Sun, The Englewood Sun, The North Port Sun, The Charlotte Sun and The Charlotte Sun Times.

Sun Coast Media Group is a family-and-employee-owned company founded by Derek Dunn-Rankin in 1976.

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Adams Publishing Group acquires MessAge Media 11/6/17

Adams Publishing Group, LLC has acquired MessAge Media, Inc., a group of local community newspapers based in Aitkin and Isle, Minn.

MessAge Media publishes two locally edited weekly newspapers, The Mille Lacs Messenger and the Aitkin Independent Age. In addition the company publishes the weekly Bargain Hunter free distribution shopper, an eight-times-per-year Real Estate Guide, along with an annual Fun Guide, and various special pages and sections throughout the year.

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Adams Publishing Group acquires Mount Airy, N.C., group from Champion Media 10/27/17

Adams Publishing Group announced that it is acquiring a Mount Airy, N.C., group of publications and associated websites from Champion Media, effective Nov. 1.

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Wisconsin daily sells to Adams Publishing Group 6/6/17

The Eau Claire Press Company, a fourth-generation and fifth-generation family-owned media company with a daily newspaper, a weekly agricultural newspaper, a shopper product, a commercial printing division, digital and marketing services, has been sold, according to John Cribb, Cribb, Greene & Cope. The buyer of The Eau Claire Press Company's assets is family-owned Adams Publishing Group, based in Minneapolis, Minn., and chaired by Stephen Adams.

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Carl Esposito named president of Adams Publishing Group - TN/NC 1/16/17

Carl E. Esposito has been named president of Adams Publishing Group – Tennessee/North Carolina (formerly Jones Media), adding to his responsibilities as publisher of The Daily Times in Maryville, Tenn. The announcement was made by Gregg Jones, president of APG - East and executive vice president of Adams Publishing Group.

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New ownership announced for Jones Media properties 9/6/16

Jones Media, a fourth-generation family-owned media company with several daily and non-daily community newspapers, tourism-related products and services and a digital marketing solutions agency, has been sold. The buyer of Jones Media's assets is family-owned Adams Publishing Group, based in Minneapolis, Minn., and chaired by Steve Adams.

Gregg Jones will continue as president and CEO of Jones Media, a role he has held for more than 15 years, and will succeed his late father, John M. Jones, III, as publisher of The Greeneville Sun.

Additionally, Steve Adams and his family have asked Gregg Jones to assume a greater leadership position within their overall rapidly-growing newspaper publishing operations nationally.

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