As more newspapers merge and consolidate, North Carolina's last two family-owned daily publications, the Daily Record and the Wilson Times, have come together to create a media management company called Restoration Newsmedia.
Last year, Keven Zepezauer was named Times president and publisher after a two-year stint as general manager. It was also during that time that Bart Adams, one of the owners of the Record, told his colleague Morgan Dickerman, owner of the Times, that he was ready to retire. He asked Dickerman if Zepezauer would also watch over his titles as president and publisher.
After several months of working for both owners, Zepezauer came to the conclusion that there was a lot of opportunity to operate as a combined group and buck the current national trend of increasing expenses and declining revenue
"We had a nice long meeting with attorneys, accountants and everybody involved, and thus the birth of Restoration Newsmedia," he said.
Zepezauer said the significance of the name "(focuses) on keeping newspapers alive in each market by restoring faith in the community in journalism,"
The new company was revealed to readers in early May. Zepezauer serves as president and publisher of its eight titles, which include the twice-weekly Courier-Times, weekly Mount Olive Tribune, (published by the Record), the Enterprise, the Johnstonian News, the Wake Weekly and the...