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By: E&P Staff

Lea Campbell has sold The Recorder in Monterey, Va. to the paper?s general manager Anne Adams.

?Perhaps the most important decision an independent publisher can make comes at the end of his career, when he is in a position to determine who will carry on what he has tried to accomplish in the years of his stewardship of the newspaper,? Campbell said in a statement.

Terms of the transaction, brokered by Cribb, Greene & Associates, were not disclosed. The Campbells, area banks, and five local citizens provided financing for the deal.

The 130-year old weekly newspaper serves Bath and Highland counties in Virginia.

Adams started with the paper as an advertising sales representative in 1990 and has worked in nearly every position at the Recorder. She has won several Virginia Press Association awards in editorial writing, feature, general news reporting, and investigative reporting and illustration.

?I could not have done this without the Campbell?s support, and the residents of Bath and Highland who have so graciously made it possible for me to fulfill this long-term goal,? Adams said in a statement.

Campbell, 65, purchased the Recorder in 1988. He will retire after a 40-year career in journalism.

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