- Associated Press - Friday, December 14, 2018

LONGVIEW, Texas (AP) - Bluebonnet Publishing Co. has sold the Kilgore News Herald to Longview-based M. Roberts Media.

Terms of the deal were not released Friday.

M. Roberts Media owns the Longview News-Journal, the Tyler Morning Telegraph, The Marshall News Messenger, the Victoria Advocate and The Panola Watchman in Carthage.

The Kilgore News Herald has roots stretching back to the early days of the East Texas oil boom. It represents the 1940 consolidation of the Kilgore Daily News, established in 1931, and the Kilgore Herald, founded in 1935.

Jerry Pye will become publisher of the Kilgore News Herald. Pye also oversees The Marshall News Messenger and The Panola Watchman.

Bluebonnet Publishing is based in Kilgore.

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