The Kentucky New Era Media Group announced to its employees Friday that it has sold its five papers to Paxton Media Group.

 

In addition to the New Era, the Dawson Springs Progress, the Princeton Times Leader, the Providence Journal-Enterprise and the Oak Grove Eagle Post, will join Paxton Media Group, a family-owned company headquartered in Paducah.

 

Publisher-editor Taylor W. Hayes said it was important to his family to keep it in the commonwealth and to pass it on to another family.

With the new additions, Paxton now owns more than 35 daily newspapers and numerous weekly publications across Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee.