Herald Group to chart News & Press’ future
From Staff Reports
The Herald Group has assumed ownership of The News & Press effective May 1 to continue delivering quality local news and trusted advertising to the people of Darlington County.
The acquisition was the perfect fit for The Herald Group and the Jordan family, who own The Dillon Herald, Dillon County’s oldest continuously operating business, having been established in 1894.
The Jordans have a unique understanding of the importance of having a local, family-owned newspaper in a community, rather than a cookie-cutter newspaper owned by a large group based in another state.
“Local news matters,” said Thomas Jordan, president of The Herald Group, “and we wanted to ensure that the people of Darlington County will continue to have a true local newspaper to read about their local government, education, events and news about their friends and neighbors that they can’t get anywhere else from a staff who knows, understands and cares about the community.”
Daily operations will be overseen by Johnnie Daniels, the General Manager of The Dillon Herald.
Bobby Bryant will continue to serve as editor. Stephan Drew will continue as advertising director/graphic designer and Samantha Lyles will continue as reporter. Nancy Shepherd will serve as office manager.
In addition to the services they have been providing, the office will soon offer copying services and serve as a UPS drop-off location.
There will be a greater social media presence and expanded advertising opportunities to help support local businesses and get their names before the public.
“We’re excited about the opportunity to help continue the tradition of providing the best local news and advertising to the county as the Thomas family has done for 65 years,” said Jordan.
“We will appreciate the support from the readers, advertisers and the community as we move forward in this new venture.”