The Gothenburg (Neb.) Times has new ownership for the first time since 1977. Scott Wesner and Scott Wood, high school classmates who both have extensive newspaper experience, purchased the newspaper effective Dec. 2, under the name Platte Valley Media, LLC.
Julie Bergman of W.B. Grimes and Co. represented the Greg and Kathi Viergutz and Gothenburg Publishing Co. in the sale.
“We’re really excited to be the new owners of the Gothenburg Times,” Wood said. “In the time that we’ve spent here so far, it’s apparent that Gothenburg is a wonderful community and we’re very excited to be involved in it.”
Wesner added, “We’re really looking forward to being here. It’s an amazing community and we’ve both been very impressed with everything that Gothenburg has going for it in a town this size.”
“We’re looking forward to continuing the great tradition of community journalism that is the legacy of the Viergutz family these past years,” Wood said.
The Gothenburg Times has previously only been owned by two families in its history that dates back to 1908. Greg Viergutz and his father, Vance, purchased the paper in 1977 from the Holmes family, founders of the Times.