North Carolina paper sells ads for elementary school folders 11/13/18

By Jane Nicholes, SNPA Correspondent

When elementary school children in Wilson, N.C., go home with communications folders for their parents, so do ads from The Wilson Times.

"Our advertisers love it, because it's not very often that we can give them an opportunity for something that will last so long. We give them visibility throughout the school year," said Shana Hoover, director of sales and marketing for The Times.

The promotion is in its second school year and was presented at a recent SNPA P2P video conference. The ad space sold out in a week, generating $6,455.


Wilson Times Co. acquires and merges four publications in Johnston County 9/4/18

The Wilson Times Co. of Wilson, N.C., has purchased the Kenly News, Pine Level News, Princeton News Leader and Selma News from Rick and Karen Stewart, owners of the newspapers since 1981.

The Stewarts are retiring and Keven Zepezauer, Times president and publisher, combined the four publications into a countywide weekly newspaper under the Johnstonian News banner.

Ken Blum, senior associate with Grimes, McGovern & Associates, represented the Stewarts.


Historical marker honors Wilson newswoman Swindell 7/2/18

Elizabeth Gold Swindell, the matriarch of Wilson's local newspaper and a pacesetter for women in journalism and business, was honored Saturday with the dedication of a state historical marker on the lawn of her longtime home.


Cooke Communications N.C. announces senior management changes 2/5/18

Mark Wilson, publisher of the Rocky Mount Telegram and The Tarboro Weekly will retire at the end of February. He will be succeeded by Kyle Stephens, who is currently group publisher of Cooke Communications North Carolina's Southern Group of non-daily newspapers.

In addition, Tim Holt has been promoted to chief operating officer of Cooke Communications North Carolina. He will report directly to John Kent Cooke, Jr., who continues as president of the company.


Rick Thomason named Times-News publisher; Justin Wilcox NETmg president 11/17/16

Keith Wilson, long serving publisher of the Kingsport Times-News and president of SNG's Northeast Tennessee Marketing Group (NETmg), will be retiring at the end of this year. Rick Thomason will succeed Wilson and also serve as senior vice president/content for the five Tri Cities area SNG newspapers. He will begin transition work full time on Dec. 12 in Kingsport.


The Wilson Times returning to downtown roots 10/24/16

By Corey Friedman, editor, The Wilson Times

Downtown has always held a special place in the heart of Wilson Times Publisher Morgan Dickerman III. In early 2017, the paper will relocate there.


Mobile billboards garner attention in Wilson, N.C. 10/24/16

This article by Brie Handgraaf of The Wilson Times has been edited slightly, with permission.

The vibrant digital ads on the sides and back of Mobile Billboards' truck garner the attention of drivers and pedestrians alike, and are generating revenue for the owner of The Wilson Daily Times. General Manager Lynn Webb drives about 75 miles around Wilson, two days a week to advertise for local businesses.


Brad Ward to succeed Mark Wilson as TownNews CEO 9/6/16

Marc Wilson, chief executive officer of, a subsidiary of Lee Enterprises, Inc., has been named executive chairman of the company. Brad Ward, who currently serves as COO, will become CEO, the company said Friday. The changes become effective Oct. 1.

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Zepezauer hired as general manager in Wilson, N.C. 8/16/16

By Brie Handgraaf, staff writer, The Wilson Times

Throughout Keven Zepezauer's 22-year career, he has witnessed many shifts within the newspaper industry, so it is fitting the seasoned executive joined The Wilson Times staff on Monday.

In his post as general manager, he'll oversee daily operations, including recent survey-based alterations to the newspaper's content.

"The time has come for me to get some fresh, new ideas and Keven was the right person to bring in at the right time," said Times President and Publisher Morgan Dickerman.