Williams family helmed newspaper generations

Published: Friday, November 30, 2012 at 12:47 PM.

“When I came to the Times-Advertiser in 2007 I was surprised to learn how distinct and close-knit the county communities were, and how everyone had a story to tell,” Barefield said. 

“It's been a privilege these last five years to help tell the stories through the newspaper, and share the proud heritage of Holmes County and its people.“

 In June of this year, Halifax Media took ownership of the Holmes County Times-Advertiser and the Washington County News when the company purchased the Panama City News-Herald and the rest of Freedom’s Newspapers in Florida and North Carolina.

Other Florida newspapers involved in the transaction were The Star in Port St. Joe, The Walton Sun in Santa Rosa Beach, The Crestview News Bulletin, The Destin Log, Northwest Florida Daily News in Fort Walton Beach, The Santa Rosa Press Gazette and the Santa Rosa Free Press in Milton.

“At Halifax Media Group, we believe in the future of newspapers,” said Michael Redding, CEO of Halifax Media Group. “The purchase of Freedom’s Florida and North Carolina properties further demonstrates our commitment to newspapers, not only for their value as an investment, but for the value they provide to the communities they serve. These properties provide a perfect extension to our recently acquired New York Times Regional Newspaper Group papers and reflect our interest in preserving community journalism for many years to come.”

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