Staff reports

The Pontotoc Progress was purchased Monday by Northeast Mississippi Community Newspapers Inc., a subsidiary of Journal Publishing Company.

Journal Publishing Co., which publishes the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, acquired the weekly newspaper from American Publishing Co., a Chicago-based organization that owns more than 400 daily and weekly newspapers throughout the United States.

“Our purchase of the Progress means ownership of this important community newspaper returning to Northeast Mississippi,” said Billy Crews, president of Journal Publishing.

“We believe a quality community newspaper plays an important role in building a quality community and region,” Crews said. “We look forward to working in partnership with the employees, advertisers and readers of the Progress to continue to improve the newspaper and the quality of life in Pontotoc County and all of Northeast Mississippi.”

Gary Andrews will continue as publisher of the Progress. David Helms and Lisa Bryant will continue to provide leadership in the news and advertising areas of the operation.

“This is a positive move for our newspaper and community,” said Andrews. “We will have the support of a local newspaper group to improve our product and serve Pontotoc more effectively.”

Northeast Mississippi Community Newspapers also owns the Aberdeen Examiner, Amory Advertiser and the Itawamba County Times and leases the Baldwyn News. Rubye Del Harden of Fulton serves as general manager of the weekly newspaper group.

The Progress has a paid circulation of approximately 6,800. The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal is the largest Mississippi-owned newspaper, reaching 100,000 adults in 15 counties each day. Nearly 60 percent of the Daily Journal’s circulation is outside Lee County.

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