American Hometown Publishing buys Florida newspaper

American Hometown Publishing, which owns The Coalfield Progress in Norton, The Dickenson Star in Clintwood, and The Post in Big Stone Gap, has acquired The Islander News in Key Biscayne, Fla.

According to a press release from Nashville-based AHP, the deal to buy The Islander News from Anne S. Owens was announced Nov. 13. “AHP will carry forward The Islander’s legacy and mission of service to the community of Key Biscayne,” Owens said in the release. “I knew this was a perfect match from the beginning of our discussions.”

The Islander News began publishing in 1966. Owens joined the staff in 1968 shortly after moving there from Chicago with her husband, Clyde, and three sons. The family bought the newspaper in 1985.

“To be entrusted with Ms. Owens legacy is a privilege,” said Brad Dennison, an industry veteran and longtime GateHouse Media executive, who joined AHP earlier this year. “I have great respect for what she has accomplished in Key Biscayne, and I’m proud she believes AHP was the right home for The Islander News going forward.”

The Islander News is a weekly newspaper with a circulation of 3,600, and also produces Island Life Magazine. AHP, which was formed in 2005, operates newspapers, magazines and websites in Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and now Florida.