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Newspapers' parent company has new name

Southern Community Newspapers Incorporated is the new name of the parent company of the Clayton News Daily and the Henry Daily Herald.

Formerly Triple Crown Media, the new name better reflects the mission of the company's seven Georgia newspapers, company 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, the company went private with new owners.

In this new environment, officials felt it was time for a new name.

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

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 Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald are newspapers that serve their communities, so the new name perfectly aligns with our mission," Gebhart said.

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

–– The Editors