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Halifax Media reorganizes southeastern NC papers

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- The Halifax Media Group is reorganizing its southeastern North Carolina newspapers to more closely align The Daily News of Jacksonville and the StarNews of Wilmington.

According to an announcement from Halifax, StarNews Publisher Bob Gruber is adding new duties, including overseeing The Daily News.

Elliott Potter will continue as the publisher and executive editor of The Daily News and report to Gruber.

The company says the move is part of a realignment and expansion that covers New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Columbus and Onslow counties.

Gruber said the change allows the two papers to work more closely together and better share resources.

Halifax purchased the StarNews from The New York Times Co. in January 2012, and in June it purchased The Daily News and other North Carolina newspapers from Freedom Communications.