Womack Publishing Company, headquartered in Chatham, Virginia, is a privately-held, family-owned, media company of newspapers, telephone directories, speciality publications and Internet-based businesses. Womack Publishing Co. operates 19 newspapers in Virginia and North Carolina.
Additional Womack Publishing Company websites include: chathamstartribune.com, altavistajournal.com, timesvirginian.com, theunionstar.com, newsoforange.com, caswellmessenger.com, mebaneenterprise.com, southhillenterprise.com, independentmessenger.com, brunswicktimes-gazette.com, warrenrecord.com, thenewsprogress.com, emporiaindependentmessenger.com, smithmountaineagle.com, montgomeryherald.com, the sussexsurrydispatch.com, the dinwiddiemonitor.com and theprincegeorgejournal.com.
A family-owned community newspaper company, Womack Publishing Company was founded in 1960 when Charles Womack Sr. purchased the Danville Commercial Appeal.
The company continued to grow with the addition of the Caswell Messenger in Yanceyville, N.C., in 1966 and Star-Tribune in Chatham, Va., in 1969.
About the same time, Womack Publishing launched the Bull Mountain Bugle in Stuart, Va., and purchased the Clarksville Times in Clarksville, Va. It started the Gretna Gazette in Gretna, Va., in 1974.
Charles Womack Jr. purchased the company in 1975, and the Clarksville Times, Bull Mountain Bugle, and Commercial Appeal were sold.
The company continued to expand, however, with the purchase of additional community weeklies and the successful start of newspapers at Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia and Lake Norman in North Carolina.
Based in Chatham, Virginia, the Womack Group now publishes 19 community newspapers.
In Virginia, the company's newspapers include the Star-Tribune in Chatham, Altavista Journal, Times-Virginian in Appomattox, The Union-Star in Brookneal, Smith Mountain Eagle in Wirtz, South Hill Enterprise, Independent Messenger in Emporia, Brunswick Times-Gazette in Lawrenceville, The News Progress in Chase City, The Mecklenburg Reporter in Mecklenburg County, The Price George Journal in Prince George, The Dinwiddie Monitor in Petersburg and The Sussex Surry Dispatch in Wakefield.
The company's North Carolina newspapers include the Lake Gaston Gazette-Observer in Littleton, Mebane Enterprise, Caswell Messenger in Yanceyville, News of Orange in Hillsborough, Montgomery Herald in Troy, and Warren Record in Warrenton.
In 2001, Womack Publishing purchased three newspapers in Colorado, including its first daily, The Telluride Daily Planet. The purchase also included the weekly Norwood Post.
An affiliate, Colorado Newspapers, purchased the daily La Junta Tribune-Democrat and weekly Bent County Democrat and Fowler Tribune in 2002.
Womack Publishing sold its Colorado newspapers to Liberty Group Publishing of Northbrook, Ill., in November 2005.
In June 2006, Womack Publishing purchased the Brunswick Times Gazette in Lawerenceville, VA.
Womack Publishing closed the Lake Norman Times in April 2009 and purchased The News Progress, in Chase City, Va. in December 2010.
In March 2016, Womack Publishing purchased the Dinwiddie Monitor serving Dinwiddie County, VA, the Sussex-Surry Dispatch serving Sussex and Surry Counties, and the Prince George Journal serving Prince George County, VA.
In August 2016 the first edition of the Mecklenburg Reporter was published, coverning Mecklenburg County, Virginia.
In addition, Womack publishes telephone directories, monthly magazines, visitors' guides, and a number of other publications.