Houston Home Journal sold to Trib Publications

alopez@macon.comApril 1, 2014 

Owner Daniel Evans sold Houston County’s oldest newspaper and the legal organ of Perry, Warner Robins and Centerville to Trib Publications Inc., a publishing company based in Manchester.

The two sides closed on a deal for the Houston Home Journal on Monday, and Trib Publications took over operations Tuesday, Evans said.

“When you have a good deal come across, you take it,” he said. He declined to say how much the paper sold for.

Trib Publications owns newspapers in four states, said Robert Tribble, president of the company, including The Leader Tribune in Fort Valley, The News Observer in Vienna and The Citizen Georgian in Montezuma.

Evans and Tribble partnered in the 1990s to merge the Perry Times, which Evans owned, and the Houston Home Journal, which was owned by an Illinois publishing company. Tribble bought out Evans in 1994 but then sold the merged paper to him in March 2000.

“We just felt like it was a good time to buy it back,” Tribble said of Monday’s deal.

The purchase is a good fit for Trib Publications because of the Houston Home Journal’s printing press in Perry, Tribble said. He plans to arrange the printing of several newspapers there, and Evans will stay on for about a month to help in the transition, valuable for his knowledge of the printing press, Tribble said.

A veteran of more than 50 years in the publishing business, Tribble said his company has not yet determined how the change in ownership may affect staffing or days of publication at the Houston Home Journal, which currently publishes Wednesday and Saturday. Stories are also available online at www.hhjonline.com.

“We hope to make it run real smooth,” Tribble said. “Course, every time you buy a newspaper there are adjustments you have to make but no more than you have to.”

Evans said he had been in discussions with Tribble for two years and doesn’t think much will change with him taking over, “except for a lot more printing going on in the back.”

Evans owned the Houston Home Journal for 14 years, following his father, who founded The Daily Sun in Warner Robins, into the newspaper business. The Daily Sun was later acquired by what is now The Telegraph.

Evans fell behind on tax payments and had liens on several of his properties in 2012. At one point, the building housing the Houston Home Journal was set for foreclosure but was apparently halted. Evans said Tuesday he was not pressured by that to sell.

“I don’t have any financial troubles right now,” he said.

Mostly, Evans said, after almost 30 years in the newspaper business, he is ready to do something different.

On Tuesday he was hard to reach because he was out on his tractor. “I’m out enjoying life and smelling the roses,” he said.

Information from Telegraph archives was used in this report. To contact writer Andres David Lopez, call 256-9751.

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