Hearst purchases Houston Community Newspapers & Media Group 8/2/16

Hearst has acquired the Houston Community Newspapers & Media Group from 1013 Star Communications. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Newspapers President Mark Aldam. Dirks, Van Essen & Murray represented Hearst in the sale.

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Barrow newspapers to merge 8/1/16

The Barrow County News, the oldest continually operating business in Barrow County (Ga.), has been acquired by Mainstreet Newspapers, Inc., of Jefferson and will be merged with the Barrow Journal to become a single newspaper and website servicing the people of Barrow County.

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The Fayetteville Observer is sold to GateHouse Media 7/28/16

Fayetteville Publishing Co. has sold The Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer and its other businesses to GateHouse Media, LLC. The sale ends 93 years of local ownership by the family of the late Ashton Wilson Lilly.

Fayetteville Publishing Co. was represented by Gary Greene, managing director of Cribb, Greene & Cope.

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Exclusive offer from Content That Works for members of SNPA 7/26/16

Content That Works – SNPA's latest Strategic Partner – wants to be your go-to features department.

Get access to everything Content That Works produces for your print products. It's like having your own in-house features department without the overhead or the hassles.

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Evening Post Publishing Co. equips multiple plants with ProImage NewsWay 7/25/16

ProImage has announced the sale of two NewsWay Workflow Systems to the Evening Post Publishing Co. The two systems will manage the workflow of the Aiken (S.C.) Standard and of The Post and Courier in Charleston, S.C., respectively.

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Zinser offers employer action plan for addressing new rule on overtime 7/19/16

Michael Zinser outlined an action plan for all employers during last week's webinar on the U.S. Department of Labor’s New Rule on Overtime.

While he noted that the November 2016 election could impact the finality of the rule, he encouraged all employers to take steps now so they are prepared to implement the changes.

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Ready-to-use pages available for upcoming football season 7/18/16

With college football kickoff just weeks away, SNPA members are eligible for special savings on high-quality, revenue-producing weekly conference preview pages that focus on the SEC, ACC and other conferences during the coming football season.

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Ancestry.com acquires Adpay, Inc. 5/19/16

Ancestry.com LLC, the largest provider of family history and personal DNA testing, announced that its subsidiary has entered into a definitive agreement and plan of merger to acquire Adpay, Inc., creators and operators of the Memoriams.com obituary input network.

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Community content publishing service helps reporters save time 5/16/16

GateHouse Media's Center for News and Design is providing other newspaper companies with its unique Community Content publishing service, which helps free a reporter's time to focus on important local stories.

GateHouse Media, which is a Strategic Partnership provider with SNPA, is offering this service at a 15 percent discount to SNPA members.

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Cuba:
A first-person look
5/9/16

By Kenneth Boone, chairman, Tallapoosa Publishers, Inc.

Suzanne, our blond, bubbly and very able American tour guide, met us in the lobby of the NH Capri hotel and announced the "bad news." Our tour bus had broken down and she arranged for taxies to take us to dinner.

Not really a tragic announcement anywhere in the world, but not good news either.

Except in Havana, Cuba, where it turned out to be a highlight of our visit.

Lined up on both sides of the street were 17 vintage 1950s American convertibles, tops down, awaiting 41 American travelers on a 75-degree breezy evening. Buicks and Oldsmobiles and Fords and Pontiacs, all painted bright colors like lime green, sky blue, crimson and white, and the most iconic of all, Pepto Bismal pink.

Read this article, view photos and see a video.

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