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Times Community Newspapers launches Prince William edition

Daily newspaper coverage of Prince William County came to a halt on Dec. 31 – or at least a good chunk of it -- with the demise of the Manassas-based News & Messenger.

Times Community Media is stepping into the breach with the Jan. 9 launch of Prince William Times.

The company already covers the western part of the county with Gainesville Times.

Prince William Times is also directed by Managing Editor Tara Donaldson, and will expand her responsibilities into Manassas and the central and eastern parts of the county.

Donaldson has been reporting on Prince William County for 13 years.

Gainesville Times, which currently publishes each Thursday, is an award-winning publication that features hard news plus school, business and community issues in addition to high school and youth league sports.

Prince William Times will offer a similar model, but will focus on Manassas and areas to the east.

And like Gainesville Times, Prince William Times is a free circulation newspaper, and will be delivered to some homes by carrier and will be available at a number of retail outlets throughout the county. It is also available by mail, by paid subscription.

Times Community Media executives believe there is a strong market for a weekly product covering central and eastern Prince William County.

"For a community as robust and historic as Prince William County to lose its local paper is a travesty," said company President and CEO Peter Arundel. "The eastern end of the county lost its only credible watchdog on local government. As the Fourth Estate, the press is a vital piece of our democratic system. Prince William Times and PrinceWilliamTimes.com will serve the community with vigorous reporting beginning with our first issue on Jan. 9."

The Arundel family has been in the media business since 1963, with its purchase of radio station WAVA and the conversion of that station to 24-hour news coverage.

In addition to Gainesville Times and Prince William Times, the family-owned company also owns and publishes Fauquier Times-Democrat, Loudoun Times-Mirror and Culpeper Times and their associated websites and subsidiary publications, including Piedmont Business Journal and Loudoun Business Journal
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Together, Prince William Times and Gainesville Times have an initial circulation of about 26,000.

For more information, call (540) 347-4222.

Bill Walsh is executive editor of Culpeper Times. E-mail Walsh at: bwalsh@timespapers.com
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