The Wilson Times Co. of North Carolina is expanding with the purchase of the Wake Weekly newspaper group, consisting of The Wake Forest Weekly and Butner-Creedmoor News.
Included in the sale by Wake Weekly Publisher and Executive Editor Todd Allen is the marketing agency Kingsdale Media.
“My family has been proud to serve the Wake Forest, Rolesville, Youngsville, Franklinton, Butner and Creedmoor communities by providing reliable local news coverage, and I’m confident that tradition will continue under the papers’ new owners,” said Allen. “Our valued subscribers and advertisers will still have a family-owned newspaper that cares about getting the facts right.
Todd Allen is the son of Robert W. “Bob” and Margaret G. “Peggy” Allen, who acquired The Wake Weekly from his brother in 1952.
Morgan Dickerman, the fifth-generation family owner of The Wilson Times, serves as the company’s chairman and CEO. Times President and Publisher Keven Zepezauer has assumed the role of publisher for the Wake Weekly group and will oversee the publications along with Kingsdale Media. Tracy McLamb, general manager of The Daily Record in Dunn, will also serve as the general manager for the Wake Forest and Butner-Creedmoor papers.
“We’re excited to grow our family of community newspapers, and we’re committed to maintaining the Wake Weekly and Butner-Creedmoor News’ status as the leading sources of news and information in their regions,” Zepezauer said. “Joining forces with The Wilson Times will add resources and help these papers grow their presence online and on social media so we can update our readers with developing news around the clock.”
The Wilson Times traces its roots to Zion’s Landmark, a Primitive Baptist publication established by Elder P.D. Gold in 1867. His son, John D. Gold, founded the Times in 1896.
The company publishes the North Carolina weeklies, the Johnstonian News in Kenly and The Enterprise of Spring Hope in addition to its flagship daily newspaper and related magazines. Its digital brands include event ticketing website WAWTix.com and car-shopping website NCWheels.com.