Publisher of Falmouth Outlook in Kentucky, Neil Belcher, and his wife Marilyn have grabbed the opportunity to buy the weekly paper from Delphos Herald.
Neil Belcher, who has been publisher since 2014, says he hopes their independent local ownership will allow them “to be nimble enough to adapt” to whatever challenges they encounter.
DHI, which has owned the paper since 1985, was represented by Dirks, Van Essen & April in the transaction, terms of which were not disclosed.
The Cohen family-owned Delphos Herald had wanted a local owner for the paper, and acting president Roberta Cohen said Neil Belcher had been “a pleasure to work with” over the past seven years.
“Community journalism is at the heart of our organisation and Neil and his staff have dedicated themselves to telling the stories of Pendleton County in compelling ways that win loyal subscribers and win awards at the state level year after year.”
Neil and Marilyn had relocated from Ohio seven years ago, as part of a career in community newspapers which he has covered various positions including circulation manager, sales representative, advertising director, business manager and general manager.
“Being the newspaper of record for Pendleton County is a responsibility we don’t take lightly,” he said. “Community journalism is so important to a small community such as ours.
“With 40 years of newspaper experience to draw from, I feel my entire career has prepared me for this moment.”
Ohio-headquartered Delphos Herald owns 15 community newspapers in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Illinois.
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