- Associated Press - Monday, August 22, 2016

AVON PARK, Fla. (AP) - Sun Coast Media Group has bought the Highlands Today newspaper from The Tampa Bay Times.

The announcement of the sale was made Friday.

In a news release, the media company said it will begin circulating the paper after a 30-day transition period.

The Times covers a four-county region in the Bay area that includes Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.

Sun Coast Media Group also owns another newspaper in Highlands County - the Highland News - along with The Charlotte Sun and Lake Placid Journal, among others.

The Times was selling about 9,000 newspapers in Highlands County.

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