SUMTER, S.C. - The family-owned company that operates The Sumter Item is buying several small newspapers in Alabama.

The Sumter Item reports that OPC News LLC finalized the purchase of Gulf Coast Newspapers LLC on Tuesday.

OPC News is owned by Graham, Kyle and Jack Osteen. The company has holdings in Osteen Publishing Co. Inc., which has run The Sumter Item for more than 100 years.

OPC News will own five small newspapers in Baldwin County, Alabama, as well as tourism-related publications and a website. Gulf Coast Newspapers Publisher Sudie Gambrell will continue in that job.

OPC News also owns weekly newspapers in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and the Jacksonville, Florida, area.

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Information from: The Sumter Item, http://www.theitem.com