Wingate University saves town newspaper

President McGee and John Edmondson outside Efird Building on Monday
Contact: Kim Williams
Communications Writer

Wingate, N.C. – Effective today, April 17, Wingate University becomes the new owner of The Home News, a weekly newspaper serving the Wingate-Marshville area since 1892. John Edmondson, publisher for the last 17 years, gifted the newspaper to the University after papers were signed this week.

The University’s Marketing and Communications Office will oversee The Home News and plans to utilize the publication to better inform communities in Union and Anson counties about what’s going on at Wingate, while also keeping the community informed. “This is a wonderful opportunity for Wingate University,” said President Jerry E. McGee. “We’re all about service to the community.”

Wingate plans to expand The Home News’ coverage of academics, Bulldog sports and musical and cultural events on campus. “I felt as though when the University came knocking it would be the right thing,” Edmondson said. “They have a heritage of commitment to the community and I thought it would be a great partnership.” Students in the University’s Department of Communication will be able to assist in reporting and producing the newspaper. The Department currently publishes the student-run The Weekly Triangle. Edmondson, 68, is retiring. The University will be hiring an editor.

The Home News will remain a Thursday publication and is available in newspaper racks in the Wingate-Marshville area and via nominal subscription. For information call 704.624.5068 or email

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