Editor and Publisher
Paxton Media Group has acquired the Chronicle-independent, the Lee County Observer, the Blythewood Country Chronicle, the Winnsboro/ Fairfield County Country Chronicle, the Ft. Jackson Leader, The Shaw News, and assorted glossy magazines and websites from Camden Media Co., a long-time partnership owned by Charles H. Morris of Savannah, Georgia, and Mike Mischner of Camden, South Carolina. Camden Media Co. was represented by Randy Cope of Cribb, Cope & Potts. After nearly 70 years under the ownership of the Green family, the Artesia (New Mexico) Daily Press has been sold to El Rito Media, LLC. This is El Rito Media’s second newspaper acquisition in the state; it purchased the Rio Grande Sun in Española in April of 2022. Dirks, Van Essen & April represented El Rito Media in the transaction. El Rito Media is made up of a group of New Mexico residents which includes members of Artesia’s Yates family. Leading the purchase of the newspaper was Harvey E. Yates, Jr. of Albuquerque and his cousin, Artesia businessman and civic leader Peyton Yates. Other investors in El Rito Media are State Representative Joseph Sanchez of Alcalde; Brian Ortiz, Española; Francisco Romero, Albuquerque; Ryan Cangiolosi, Albuquerque; Jalapeño Corp., Albuquerque; and Mosquito Corp., Santa Fe. Cox Communications has acquired New York-based Logicworks, a professional and managed cloud services company that empowers customers to migrate, run and operate business applications on AWS and Azure platforms. The Record (Moville, Iowa) has a new owner. The paper has been acquired by Iowa Information Media Group, owned by the Wagner family and based in Sheldon, Iowa. The Record’s office and current staff will remain in Moville with operations continuing under the personnel who have been serving the communities in various capacities for many years. The News Movement, a video news startup with offices in London and New York, has acquired The Recount for an undisclosed amount of equity. Newspaper owner and editor Parry Teasdale has agreed to sell The Columbia Paper, a weekly in the town of Ghent, New York, and the news website www.columbiapaper.com to Capital Region Independent Media, LLC for an undisclosed amount. Capital Region is headed by Mark Vinciguerra, a veteran media executive. The agreement includes having Managing Editor and Deputy Publisher Emilia Teasdale take similar positions under the new ownership. She is Parry Teasdale’s daughter.