Coleman newspaper sold

Scott Wesner and Scott Wood have purchased the Coleman Chronicle & Democrat-Voice in a transaction which included colemannews.com and Coleman Pack & Ship.

“We’re really excited to be the new owners of the Chronicle & DV,” Wood said. “We’re looking forward to being involved with such a wonderful community.

Publisher Evan Autry, whose great-grandparents started the Chronicle in 1933, announced the change in a Dec. 2 newspaper column. 

“The Autrys are part of a greater story. Through thick and thin, we have loved and served Coleman and Coleman County. However, like all good stewards, there comes a time to let someone else take the reigns. Today, with bittersweet affection, we hand over the Coleman newspaper to another news family,” he wrote. “The his-tory of the Coleman newspapers is much like our community. We have seen a lot of changes, but in order to improve and better ourselves we must change and adapt to change.” 

In 1933, Roy Autry and his two sons, Milton and Roy Jr., launched the publica-tion of the Coleman County Chronicle. In 1951, the Autry family and Dick Reavis purchased the competing Democrat-Voice. 

The Autrys purchased full ownership in 1954 and the family has operated the Coleman newspapers continuously since that time. Family publishers would go on to include Milton Autry, Roy Autry, Jr., Stan Brudney, Brett Autry, Michael Autry, Evan Autry and Leah Autry Biddle.