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Head Publishing, LLC purchases Waycross Journal-Herald

By MYRA THRIFT, Staff Writer StaffWriter Longtime sports editor Rick Head, owner of The Brantley Beacon in Nahunta, and his wife, Sandy, have purchased and taken over the publication of the Waycross Journal-Herald, effective this week.
Under the name of Head Publishing LLC, the new owners reached an agreement to purchase the 103-year-old paper from Waycross Journal-Herald Inc. The six-day-a-week, century old landmark in the newspaper business closed its doors the last day of September.
The newspaper – long a staple in the Waycross and southeast Georgia area – will concentrate on the Waycross and Ware County communities with strictly local news and features.
Head Publishing LLC owners reached a deal with the Williams family and finalized the deal on Friday, October 4.
“Every community needs a paper to call its own,” said RickHead, publisher. “I have been associated with the Waycross Journal-Herald since 1977 calling in results of high school games. I’ve also been the sports editor on several different occasions.
“I am humbled to have been given the opportunity to take over the reins of the paper and take it in a new direction with fresh ideas.
I absolutely never, ever dreamed the closing of the publication would have happened nor would I be the one purchasing the business.”
Employees learned of the decision to close the doors Friday morning, September 27.
Under the new ownership, the Waycross Journal-Herald will become a weekly edition focusing on the Waycross-Ware County community.
Area news will continue to be carried under the new leadership.

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