Republic Newspapers Sells ‘Kings Mountain (N.C.) Herald’

By: E&P Staff

Republic Newspapers Inc. announced Thursday that it is selling the Kings Mountain Herald and three other North Carolina weeklies to Gemini Newspapers, a company owned by Ron Isbell and Dwight Connelly.

Included in the sale of the 5,000-circulation Herald are The Eagle in Cherryville; The Belmont Banner; and The Mount Holly News.

The sale is effective Aug. 1, said Gary Greene of Cribb, Greene & Associates, who represented Knoxville, Tenn.-based Republic in the transaction. No other terms of the sale were disclosed.

Port St. Joe, Fla.-based Gemini sold The Gadsden County Times in Quincy, Fla., last year. Isbell and Connelly have owned newspapers together and separately in Illinois, Indiana, and Florida, and Isbell has managed several other papers.

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