Record Publishing headquartered in Dunn, N.C., the parent company of The Daily Record and The Courier-Times, has acquired the Mount Olive Tribune.
The Mount Olive Tribune in a family-owned weekly newspaper serving Mount Olive and surrounding communities in southern Wayne and northern Duplin counties.
Record Publishing owners purchased The Courier-Times in late 2017. The Courier-Times is a bi-weekly paper serving Person County.
“The expansion of Record Publishing demonstrates the company’s commitment to protecting community journalism,” said Keven Zepezauer, group publisher for the newspapers. “The acquisition should also provide confidence to readers that Record Publishing is firmly entrenched, this in a day and age when family-owned newspapers are increasingly rare. Record Publishing has not sold to large, corporate chains headquartered in other states and other parts of the world.”
Barry Merrill, who is currently the publisher in Mount Olive, has retired after a 49-year career in the industry.
“After many years in the newspaper business I have decided to retire,” Merrill said. “It’s time I spend more time with my family, especially my grandchildren. I leave The Tribune in good hands with The Daily Record, which has a long history of community journalism.”
The Daily Record was founded in 1950 by the late Hoover Adams and his wife, Mellicent. The adult children of the Dunn couple—Bart Adams, Brent Adams and Maere Kay Lashmit—continue to own Record Publishing.
“The Tribune will remain a family-owned newspaper with the same commitment to community service,” Zepezauer said.
The Tribune began printing in April 1904. The first publisher and editor was Fred R. Mintz. Homer Brock of Mount Olive and his family bought the paper in 1916 and it remained in the Brock family until 1979 when it was sold to Mount Olive Printing and Publishing, owned by the News and Observer Publishing of Raleigh.
Merrill Publishing, consisting of Barry Merrill and his wife and partner, Marilyn, purchased The Tribune 11 years ago.