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Horizon Publications buys Willard, New London, Shelby papers

Cary Ashby • Jan 18, 2019 at 2:00 AM

Horizon Publications has purchased several area newspapers, including the Willard Times-Junction, New London Record and Shelby Daily Globe.

Also included in the acquisition of The Shelby Daily Globe Inc. by Scott Gove and the Stambaugh family are the Firelands Farmer and Shopper's Helper. Members of the Gove family have been active in the ownership of the newspapers for nearly 60 years. The Stambaugh family traces its interest back to 1900 when the Shelby Daily Globe was founded.

“We appreciate the emphasis Horizon places on community journalism and the important role newspapers play in the areas they serve. For many years it has been our privilege and responsibility to perform these functions in the Shelby, Willard and New London areas,” Gove said in a prepared statement.

With a “bigger group coming in,” new publisher Karen Brown said there will be more assets and the employees should benefit as a result. She recently was named publisher to oversee the Shelby Daily Globe and its subsidiary publications.

“We want to be a part of that,” said Brown, who originally is from Wapakoneta and has more than 35 years of experience in the newspaper industry. “We buy community newspapers. We want those newspapers to stay in those communities.”

Brown expects the number of employees to remain “what we always had.”

“The names of the publications won’t change,” she added. “I am excited to join these publications and look forward to meeting folks within the Shelby, Willard and New London communities. It will be business as usual and being part of the Horizon family of newspapers gives us the opportunity to grow and enhance our products.”

Brown invites everyone to stop in and say hello or to send her an email at [email protected]

B.J. Riley, group publisher for Horizon Publications in Ohio and Indiana, in a prepared statement, said “we appreciate Mr. Gove and the Stambaugh family allowing us to continue the stewardship of these publications.”

“We look forward to working with the employees and with the community to continue to publish quality products and serve the customers and readers of these communities,” added Riley, who considers Brown an asset to the Shelby Globe team.

“I think Shelby and all these publications are fortunate to be able to have Karen come here. She is just terrific, a team player. She is a firm believer in that,” Riley said. “She is a great leader and she can really help people solve problems. Her customer service emphasis is top notch and she understands what it takes to service customers and the community.”

Cribbs, Greene & Cope made the announcement about the sale. It is a leading merger and acquisition firm with offices in Missouri, Montana and Virginia.

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