Mountain Media buys The Enterprise in Stuart

A group of community weekly newspapers owned by Mountain Media LLC is acquiring The Enterprise, Patrick County's 140-year-old weekly newspaper.
Michael Showell, owner of Mountain Media, and Gail Harding, owner and publisher of The Enterprise, made the announcement Monday. The sale was effective Oct. 30. The Enterprise will continue to be published each Wednesday.
Harding is retiring (see related article). Lindsay Roberson, current advertising manager, is moving to another area. Nancy Lindsey will continue as editor of the newspaper, while Linda Hylton will remain office manager and photographer. Karissa Collings of Stoneville, N.C., has been named the new advertising manager.
According to a story about the sale posted on The Enterprise website, Showell started in the newspaper business at age 12 as a delivery boy for the Washington Post. The native of Greenbrier County, W.Va. rose through the ranks of circulation departments at large dailies in California and Texas. He purchased his first community weekly newspaper in 1993. The Enterprise will mark his company's sixth acquisition.
"I believe that in order to have strong healthy communities we need strong local newspapers," Showell said in The Enterprise story. "Newspapers are about community, the readers, advertisers, employees and vendors all coming together to make a better place to live, work and strive to be successful. The Enterprise has a great history of being a vital part of Patrick County and it is the people that work at the newspaper, its subscribers, advertisers and contributors that have made this happen and will continue to do."
The Enterprise began as The Voice of the People in 1876. It went by other names through the years, including The Patrick Press, the Patrick Enterprise and The Stuart Enterprise.
The first edition to be published under the new ownership will be the issue of Wednesday, Nov. 4.