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Albany Herald parent company renamed

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY -- Southern Community Newspapers Inc. is the new name of the parent company of The Albany Herald.

Formerly Triple Crown Media Inc., the new name better reflects the mission of the company's seven Georgia newspapers, officials said.

Triple Crown Media was formed in 2005 when the newspapers were spun off from Gray Television and became a new public company. In December, Triple Crown went private with new owners. In this new environment, company officials also felt it was time for a new name.

"It's great to have a new beginning and this is represented by our new branding. As a pure newspaper company, SCNI truly reflects our core competency along with the Southern heritage of our seven publications," said Mike Gebhart, executive vice president of SCNI and president and publisher of The Albany Herald.

The new name was selected in a contest that drew nearly 600 suggestions submitted by employees. Regional Circulation Manager Thom Bell submitted the winning entry.

"The Herald is a newspaper that serves the community, so the new name perfectly aligns with our mission," Gebhart said.

SCNI publishes six daily newspapers -- The Albany Herald, Gwinnett Daily Post, Rockdale Citizen, Newton Citizen, Clayton News-Daily and Henry Daily Herald -- and one weekly, the Jackson Progress Argus.