Member News (7/12/18): Loudoun Times-Mirror get a new owner, Bear Island to reopen, volunteering at the Capital Gazette and more

By | 2018-07-13T12:24:47+00:00 July 13th, 2018|
Loudoun Times-Mirror sold to Ogden

The Loudoun Times-Mirror, as well as its affiliate publication Loudouner magazine, has been sold to Ogden Newspapers, Inc., Ogden regional publisher Cameron Williams announced earlier this week.

The Times-Mirror was previously owned by Virginia News Group, LLC.

“We could not be happier to be the new publisher of the Times-Mirror,” Williams said. “While the newspaper industry continues to be systemically challenged, we believe that there is a future for the Times-Mirror as the dominant local newspaper serving Loudoun County readers and advertisers.”

The Arundel family had owned the Loudoun Times-Mirror since 1963. Included in the sale are the newspaper, Loudouner magazine and affiliated websites.

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Richmond-area newsprint facility to reopen

Bear Island paper mill, located in north Hanover County, will reopen a little more than a year after it shut down.

Cascades Inc., a Canadian paper products company, has plans to invest more than $250 million into the facility, the Mechanicsville Local and Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.

Bear Island, before initially closing in June 2017, supplied RTD and various other Virginia publications with newsprint.

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Pilot editor volunteers to help Capital Gazette, Baltimore Sun

Carl Fincke, an editor from the Virginian-Pilot, has been serving as a volunteer editor to help the Capital Gazette and the Baltimore Sun as their newsrooms have been dealing with the aftermath of the June 28 shooting at the Gazette that left five employees dead.

Fincke, who has been editing stories for both the Sun and the Gazette, is in his second week working out of the Sun’s newsroom. (The Sun and Gazette are sister papers and share resources.)

“I feel it was a privilege to come up here,” Fincke told the Washington Post.

Fincke is one of many journalists that have volunteered their time and skills to help the Sun and the Gazette.

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Capital Gazette shooter sent letter to Virginian-Pilot editor

Jared Ramos, the man who has been charged with shooting and killing five employees at the Capital Gazette newspaper in Annapolis, Md., sent a letter before the shooting to an editor at the Virginian-Pilot.

The paper received the letter last week. It was addressed to the Norfolk, Portsmouth editor, Eric Hartley.

Ramos had a long-standing grudge against Hartley over a column Hartley published in 2011 while working at the Capital Gazette. Ramos, the Pilot reported, harassed Hartley for years after the column. Ramos sued Hartley and the newspaper over the column, but lost in court.

The paper turned the letter over, unopened, to authorities.

Ramos sent three other letters to the Capital Gazette’s former attorney, a Baltimore City judge and to Maryland’s Court of Special Appeals.

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Southside Sentinel hires new ad manager

The Southside Sentinel in Urbana has hired a new ad sales manager.

Cary Webb Mizelle, a veteran of the newspaper industry of more than 20 years, will now take over as the paper’s ad sales manager.