East Texas papers sold to Victoria Advocate owner

LONGVIEW, TX

ASP Westward is selling the papers to Texas Community Media LLC, owner of The Victoria Advocate for three generations. A statement posted on the Longview and Marshall papers' websites says the sale is expected to close soon. Te4rms weren't disclosed.

Advocate co-publisher Stephen McHaney will move to Longview to become the News-Journal publisher, succeeded Tom Stamper who is resigning. Phil Latham will remain editor and publisher of the News Messenger.

The sale also includes 12 weekly newspapers scattered around northeast Texas.

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