Morris To Buy Four Weeklies in Georgia, South Carolina

    AUGUSTA, Ga., July 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Morris Publishing Group has
 reached an agreement to acquire The (Barnwell, S.C.) People-Sentinel, The
 Hampton County (S.C.) Guardian, The (Edgefield, S.C.) Citizen News and the
 Sylvania (Ga.) Telephone from Community Newspapers, Inc.
     The agreement was announced today by William S. Morris IV, president
 and CEO of Morris Publishing Group.
     "These newspapers are located in our Augusta and Savannah market areas
 and are a great fit for us," Morris said. "We are delighted to have the
 opportunity to be associated with these terrific newspapers and look
 forward to serving the readers and advertisers in these wonderful
     Tom Wood, chairman of Community Newspapers, Inc., said, "These papers
 have served their communities in the finest tradition of community
 journalism for many years, two of them for more than a century. We are
 pleased that a newspaper company with the reputation of Morris Publishing
 will be involved in preserving that tradition."
     Georgia newspapers owned by Morris Publishing Group include the dailies
 The Augusta Chronicle, the Savannah Morning News and the Athens
 Banner-Herald, and the nondailies The Columbia County News Times, The
 McDuffie Mirror and The News and Farmer and Wadley Herald/The Jefferson
 Reporter. Morris also owns Bluffton Today, a daily newspaper in South
     Morris Publishing Group, LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Morris
 Communications Company, LLC, a privately held media company based in
 Augusta, Ga. Morris Publishing currently owns and operates 27 daily and 12
 nondaily newspapers, four city magazines and numerous free community
 publications in the Southeast, Midwest, Southwest and Alaska. For more
 information, visit

SOURCE Morris Communications Company, LLC

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